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What Is Stopping the Obvious?

For the vast majority of human existence, international trade was fuelled by renewable energy. Trade winds were used to cruelly bring enslaved labour from Africa to grow cane, limes, bananas, and cocoa in the Caribbean and powered the windmills that turned the cane into molasses and sugar. The Gulf...

Scaling Up Demand-side Management and Solar Pumping Programmes

India’s energy–irrigation nexus is rooted in issues of multi-stakeholder governance and incentive structures. As such, purely technological or tariff rationalisation strategies will be ineffective at delivering solutions. Possible solutions are analysed using a multi-stakeholder benefit–cost framework that provides regulators and policymakers with a tool to balance the interests of different stakeholders, that is, farmers, utilities, ratepayers, regulators, manufacturers, energy service companies, and society. This framework provides regulators with a systematic approach to rationalise incentives and transfer payments among stakeholders. Using the framework, agricultural programme strategies for energy-efficient pumpsets and grid-connected solar pumpsets are analysed.

The Price of Renewable Energy

State of Renewable Energy in India: A Citizen's Report by Chandra Bhushan, Nayanjyoti Goswami, Aruna Kumarankandath, Kanchan Kumar Agrawal and Joel Kumar, New Delhi: Centre for Science and Environment, 2014; pp 198, Rs 690.
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