India’s electricity consumption is touching record numbers. This is also evident in the growing electricity demand in the national capital. The state’s draft action plan on climate change aims to diversify its electricity mix by reducing the dependency on hydropower and shifting towards energy storage. Given the scale of electricity demand and the current status of battery storage technology, such a step is both bold and pioneering.
Since electricity demand is only set to grow from here, what other steps could the Delhi government take to deal with peak demand? Will moving away from hydropower lead to power outages?
What will be the quantum of investment required for the installation of the additional storage capacity to offset the reduction in hydropower dependency, and who will bear it?