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Journal Article February 19, 2019

Electricity-Centered Clientelism and the Contradictions of Private Solar Microgrids in India

By Jonathan Balls, Harry Fischer

Most discussions about solar microgrids focus on sustainable energy and development goals and the technical aspects of electricity generation, storage, transmission, and distribution. Very few explicitly examine the ways in which their introduction upsets and reshapes entrenched practices of electoral politics and citizen claim-making around electricity access an...

Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Discussion Draft June 8, 2017

Stalled Reform in a Politically Competitive State: Uttar Pradesh’s Electricity Distribution Sector

By Jonathan Balls

The electricity distribution sector in Uttar Pradesh has, since the late 1980s, faced the persistent problem of poor performance by its public electricity distribution companies (discoms), which are crippled by high levels of debt. Following years of discussion and at a time of fiscal crisis, in 1999, the government of Uttar Pradesh, supported by the World Bank, ...

Business Models, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Role of Utilities, Tariffs Download View Summary
Discussion Draft June 5, 2017

Uttarakhand: The Golden Combination of Cheap Energy and a Large Industrial Base

By Jonathan Balls

Uttarakhand currently enjoys an energy sector where power cuts are limited, electricity tariffs are some of the lowest in India, full electrification is close to being achieved, and the state’s public power distribution company (discom) has low levels of debt and does not require government subsidies. This position has been achieved because Uttarakhand has a la...

Business Models, Distribution Resource Planning, Market Design, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Role of Utilities Download View Summary