58 Million Indians Will Still be Powerless in 2030

Some 58 million Indians will languish without access to electricity in the year 2030, according to the World Energy Outlook 2007 figures released today.

According to the World Energy Outlook figures put out by the International Energy Agency, the share of India’s population without access to electricity will fall from 38% to 4%.

Since the UN’s World Population Prospects 2006 report has estimated that India’s population in 2025 will grow to 1.45 billion people in 2025, we figure that at least 58 million Indians will still remain without access to electricity 22 years from now.

According to the IEA folks, India has to invest $1.25 trillion in energy infrastructure – three-quarters in the power sector – to meet demand in 2030.

If India sticks with its current policies, primary energy demand will more than double by 2030, growing on average by 3.6%.

Coal will continue to remain India’s most important fuel with its use tripling between 2005 and 2030.

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