Texas Snow-storm: Lessons for India
There should be an immediate focus on making our electrical infrastructure, from generation to transmission to distribution, climate-resilient. According to the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project, "India is highly vulnerable to natural hazards, especially earthquakes, floods, drought, cyclones and landslides. ….. Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Pondicherry, and Gujarat are more vulnerable to cyclone disasters". Most of these very regions also happen to be rich in solar and wind. Extreme weather events becoming more of frequent, there has to be adequate preparedness for that. But all of this would entail certain costs that need to be built in to transparent and cost-reflective tariffs.