Power

POWER DEMAND AND COAL DROVE EMISSIONS GROWTH

In China and India rapid growth in electricity demand mirrored rapid economic growth, while the most readily available source of indigenous fuel was coal. In the EU and U.S., slower demand growth and a gradual move away from coal to nuclear, gas, and renewable sources kept emissions from growing and led to recent declines. In all four countries, despite strong growth in renewable energy, its impact on carbon intensity was only beginning to be felt.

regionIndia

These graphs show the changes in emissions, emissions drivers, and policy in the Power sector in India

 
 
 

Emissions Greenhouse gas emissions and generation


Emissions largely tracked the growth in electricity generation.

     
     
     
     

    Emissions Drivers Fuel sources for power generation


    Most new generation came from conventional sources (particularly coal), although the past decade saw exponential growth in renewable energy generation.

       
       
       
       

      Policy IREDA loan distributions


      Renewable energy growth was supported by increased loan distributions by the central government, including the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA).