Who profits? Who pays?

by Sreekumar N and Shantanu Dixit

While government and other sector actors are on the alert to address the power crisis, some find a business opportunity in it. Meanwhile, attention to rural supply continues to be low...

Still Waiting - a report on Energy Justice

Report produced by Greenpeace India Society, October 2009, by Mr. Shankar Sharma with contributions from Vinuta Gopal, www.greenpeaceindia.org
Greenpeace India has release a report which reveals that despite growth in electricity generation – and increasing carbon emissions – the rural poor continue to be deprived of electricity. The report challenges the government’s energy model and recommends a decentralised energy mix as a solution to overcome social injustice and mitigate climate change.

 

The environmental clearance offered to the Koodankulam reactors in Tamil Nadu is not based upon a careful examination of all the potential impacts on the environment and livelihoods nor does it incorporate public concerns.
Violating Letter and Spirit: Environmental Clearances for Koodankulam Reactors
by Divya Badami Rao, M V Ramana, Economic & Political Weekly Magazine, 20 December, 2008
When profits begin to overtake people, as they seem to have with increased policy support for more profi table fuel crops compared to not-so-profi table food crops, it is unfortunate. This policy change marks a clear shift in food economics giving rise to increasing concerns over growing biofuels to reduce the escalation of crude oil prices. On one hand, the proponents say that biofuel is ushering a new era of green revolution with a new development paradigm to solve the twin problems of poverty and climate change, and on the other, opponents contend that the new era of large scale use of biofuel can be environmentally, socially and economically unsustainable. Recent scientifi c evidence does seem to now question the `greenness\' of biofuels. However, quite apart from the science, in view of recent policy shifts, it becomes pertinent to understand the impact of biofuels on sustainable development and livelihoods. Inside issue.......1. Lifting the Veil The Biofuel Blues 2.Talking Trade Environmental Credentials of Biofuels are Weak 3.Trade Perspective The Biofuel Debate 4.Trade View Biofuel Issue in India is Complex and Challenging 5.Trade Nuance India\'s Biofuel Policy: Problems and Prospects
The Biofuel Bait
by L. M. Philip, Ranja Sengupta, Anurag Srivastava, Santhosh M. R., Tirthankar Mandal, Yogesh Pai and Roopam Singh, Consortium for Trade and Development (Centad), 01 July, 2008
The evolution from an electro chemist was motivated by a growing con-viction that Indian science and technology should be reoriented. A cell was created in the Indian Institute of Science in 1974 to initiate and promote work of rural rele-vance as a weapon against poverty.Surveys led to a detailed empirical study of energy consumption patterns in villages and to the design and construction of rural energy centers. The lessons from this village work are described.
The Evolution Of An Energy Analyst: Some Personal Reflections
by Amulya K.N. Reddy, Univresity of Maryland, 01 January, 2002