Unit 4 Macro: India’s Energy Deficit Limits Growth

India faces chronic shortages of energy and her creaking infrastructure was demonstrated clearly in the summer of 2012 with a dramatic electricity blackout that left 620million people without electricity. Trains, hospitals, businesses were all affected, India’s wealthy have always relied on back-up generators, many millions of others cannot afford such luxuries and were left sweltering in the heat without any air conditioning.

Fast-growing economies must meet the challenge of providing sufficient energy for households and businesses and the blackout has amplified concerns about whether India can continue to grow and develop without massive new investment in her energy industry. The Times of India commented that ““Lack of power holds back India’s industrial take-off, and prevents it from making the kind of strides in reducing poverty that China or East Asia have.”

Background:

  • In 2011, 289 million people – 25% of India’s population – had no access to electricity
  • In rural areas that figure rises to 33%, according to a report from the Indian government in 2011
  • Estimates from the International Energy Agency suggest that even in 2030, not all Indian homes will have electricity, according to AEA calculations.

Reading:

Ten interesting things about India power (BBC)

India: 600 million without power in ‘biggest ever blackout’ (Telegraph)

 

 

Join the tutor2u community

With a tutor2u account you can access extra features to support your teaching & learning.

Subscribe to the daily digest

Curate your own content

Track your training schedule

Manage your resource library

Receive job alerts

Join the community

Already joined? Sign in now ›

More From the Digital Store

A comprehensive series of topic-by-topic study notes to support students on Section 2 (Macroeconomics) of the IB Diploma in Economics. It covers both the SL and HL content of the IB...

£40.00 (+VAT)

IB Economics Section 2 (Macroeconomics) Course Companion

Get your copy of the superb series teaching & learning resources (print and digital) provided to delegates on the recent tutor2u Teaching Labour Market Economics at A Level course.

£75.00 (+VAT)

Teaching Labour Market Economics at A Level - Course Resource Pack

Topic-by-topic, editable PowerPoints for the entire Year 1 (AS) teaching content of AQA A Level Economics.

£100.00 (+VAT)

AQA A Level Economics (Year 1) Teacher Topic PowerPoints

Recruitment

Advertise your vacancies with tutor2u

Much cheaper & more effective than TES or the Guardian. Reach the audience you really want to apply for your teaching vacancy by posting directly to our website and related social media audiences.

Find our more ›

Advertise your teaching jobs with tutor2u