Residential electricity use has risen 50 times in the past four decades and accounts for about a quarter of India’s total electricity consumption. There are plans of providing reliable electricity to all by 2019, and as income levels increase, more people, most of whom are starting from a low base of development, will require modern fuels and appliances for a better quality of life. The sheer scale of this growth is unprecedented, even if the trend itself is intuitive. What is at stake from this rising power use in homes? What do we know about how we use our electricity?
Radhika Khosla from the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Aditya Chunekar from the Prayas (Energy Group) discuss this in an article published in Mint on 8th June, 2018.