India’s lethargy in energy sector

The Indian sub-continent is reeling under an unusually hot summer combined with a complete lack of rainfall due to certain weather conditions. The national capital region (NCR) too has been experiencing temperature levels th­at are 8 - 9oC above normal for this time of the year. As such, it is no surprise that due to increased space conditioning load on the system, the demand for electricity has been higher than expected. However, should we not plan for some uncertainties in weather conditions, be it relating to an increase in demand arising from temperature abnormalities or a reduction in supplies because of rainfall patterns? Why is it that on every occasion, when we are faced with severe power crises, we seek to find excuses in such vagaries of nature?

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