South Asia Monitor: India's Energy Options: Coal and Beyond - August 24, 2009
August 24, 2009
Over the coming decades, two of India’s greatest challenges will be (1) how to grow while concurrently joining a worldwide push toward mitigating climate change and (2) how to secure diversified sources of energy. The discourse on India’s energy security has centered on the country’s thirst for imported oil. However, India’s primary energy source is not oil, but a mostly domestic product: coal. India’s rapidly developing economy guarantees a sharp increase in energy demand. However, coal is the most-polluting fossil fuel. But ensuring energy security for India will not take a silver bullet. Moving away from disproportionate coal usage will require incremental steps on a number of different approaches.