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Vol no. 17 Issue No. 103

Inside this issue

Energy Access

The Multiplier Effect of Energy Access

By: Akanksha Chaurey

The impact of providing energy access to basic needs such as food, infrastructure and overall development is a no-brainer, but can this interrelationship be institutionalised to measure the multiplier effect of energy access on the needs of societies?

The Energy Mix Conundrum

By: Staff Reporter

World over, the move is towards renewable energy. However, India is registering steady rise in the consumption of coal.

Perspectives on Coal

Coal Quality and Quantity in India

By: Staff Reporter

Coal has been the main source of energy in India and through increased coal production, coal is still fulfilling the energy demands of the country. The quality of coal has always remained a matter of concern—presently being improved through regulatory mechanisms and technological initiatives.

Coal in Energy Planning of India

By: Dr N Parsad

Energy is a critical input for economic development. Almost one third of India’s population do not have access to electricity and a majority of population is still dependent on biomass for their cooking needs.

Coal Fields in India

By: Staff Reporter

Nearness to coal deposits has been advantageous to the industrial locations that have to transport the bulkier raw material to production sites. Such locational advantages are, however, losing their tenacity in the present times.

Mining and Environment

By: Staff Reporter

There are different types of mining depending upon the techniques employed in the extraction of minerals. Each type has a bearing on varying environmental concerns related to biodiversity, air, water and land.

Ecological Restoration of Coal Mine Degraded Lands

By: Subodh Kumar Maiti

Mining activities are responsible for adverse changes in land use pattern. Ecorestoration is, therefore, essential for bringing back the original characteristics of the land.

Fueling Transport

Petroleum Pricing in India

By: D Gopalkrishna Murti

Crude oil pricing corresponds to its quality—light and sweet crudes commanding the maximum premium. On an average, a sour crude could be cheaper by 4 to 6 USD per barrel than a lighter crude.

Biofuels for Emission Reduction

By: D K Tuli

Transport fuels are one of the major contributors to carbon dioxide emissions. The other major contributor is coal based power generation. Several alternatives like solar, wind, hydro and nuclear power are being promoted to bring down the share of coal-based power in overall energy mix.

Development Alternatives

Natural Gas Hydrate – A Future Source of Energy

By: Jitendra S Sangwai

Energy is indispensable and its demand is growing manifold each day. With fossil fuels being finite in nature, alternative energy sources need to be explored. Natural gas hydrate offers a promising source due to its vast occurrence across the world.

India's Outdoors

Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

By: D D Misra

Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in the Leh district of Jammu & Kashmir abounds with a number of rare species of wildlife, many of which are unique to the region.

In brief

Editor's Note

New paths to India’s  energy security India continues to tread a cautious developmental path. It is presently not possible to ignore or downsize coal driven energy security. However, despite the odds, the nation needs to strive towards a path of clean and green energy. Nuclear is a cleaner optio