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Discussion Draft May 18, 2017

Insulated Wires: The Precarious Rise of West Bengal’s Power Sector

By Elizabeth Chatterjee

The trajectory of West Bengal’s power sector since 2000 has been one of the most unusual and periodically encouraging of any Indian state. Under the centralized one-party dominance of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), it developed a technocratic, pragmatic, and statist model of power reforms in the hope of incentivizing industrialization. Rather than rely...

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Presentation May 16, 2017

Opportunity Knocks… for “Beneficial” Electrification

By Ken Colburn, Jim Lazar

Electrification of vehicles, appliances, and machines that are currently powered by fossil fuels offers environmental gains, new new business opportunities for power providers, may ease management of the electricity grid, and can save utilities and consumers money. No wonder the term “electrification” appears to be the buzzword of the day. But not all elect...

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Discussion Draft May 10, 2017

Protecting Power: The Politics of Partial Reforms in Punjab’s Electricity Sector

By Ashwini K. Swain

By achieving the longstanding national aspiration of universal access and recording a per capita consumption of nearly double the national average, Punjab’s power sector appears to be a successful case of electrical development. Despite good performance in loss reduction and collection efficiency, both factors that ail many electricity utilities in India, Punja...

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Presentation May 8, 2017

Good and Better Practices in Energy Efficiency from the Mainland

By Richard Sedano

Richard Sedano, with assistance from Jessica Shipley, facilitated a meeting for the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and the Hawaii Energy Office on energy efficiency. As part of that meeting, Mr. Sedano drew on the RAP report The Next Quantum Leap in Efficiency: 30 Percent Electric Savings in Ten Years to examine advanced practices being implemented by leading sta...

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Opportunity Knocks… for “Beneficial” Electrification (Webinar)

Most credible analyses indicate that electrifying vehicles, appliances, and machines that are currently powered by fossil fuels will be critical to decarbonizing the economy enough to reduce global climate threats. Electrification also offers other big benefits beyond environmental gains. It can provide new business opportunities for power providers, may ease management of the electricity grid,...

Presentation May 2, 2017

Efficiency First: Delivering Business Efficiency in a Competitive World

By Richard Cowart

At a meeting of the G-20 in Hamburg, Germany, Richard Cowart spoke about the principal governmental policy decisions needed to turn the concept of "Efficiency First" into a commercial reality. Efficiency First is a principle applied to policymaking, planning, and investment in the energy sector that prioritizes investment in customer-side efficiency resources whe...

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Discussion Draft April 30, 2017

Politics, Procurement, Bail-Out and Buy-In: Woes and Ways of Rajasthan’s Distribution Sector

By Siddharth Sareen

What are the recent consequential developments and current issues in Rajasthan’s electricity distribution sector, bailed out of more than $10 billion debt by the state government in 2015? If political interference got it there despite sectoral reforms and unbundling in 2001, what measures have been instituted to safeguard against a repeat? As Rajasthan’s dist...

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Discussion Draft April 29, 2017

What Powers Success on the Ground? The Gradual Reform of Electricity Distribution in Gujarat

By Siddharth Sareen

Among Indian states, Gujarat’s electricity distribution sector has come to be regarded as exemplary. Its distribution companies have A+ credit ratings and acceptably low loss levels, and provide 24/7 power throughout the energy surplus state, with separate feeders for up to eight hours a day of agricultural supply. Reforms enacted in Gujarat subsequent to the n...

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Discussion Draft April 28, 2017

Wielding Power in the Capital: The Case of the Delhi Electricity Distribution Sector

By Megha Kaladharan

This study of electricity governance in Delhi, India, is one in a series of working papers produced for the Mapping Power project, a collaboration between RAP and the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi. It explores regulatory trends in Delhi’s privatised power distribution sector over the past few decades. While privatization brought in noticeable improvement ...

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