Rural electrification in India: Galilee Basin coal versus decentralised renewable energy micro grids

Lynette Molyneaux, Wagner, Liam and Foster, John (2016) Rural electrification in India: Galilee Basin coal versus decentralised renewable energy micro grids. Renewable Energy, 89 422-436. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2015.12.002


Author Lynette Molyneaux
Wagner, Liam
Foster, John
Title Rural electrification in India: Galilee Basin coal versus decentralised renewable energy micro grids
Journal name Renewable Energy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-1481
1879-0682
Publication date 2016-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.renene.2015.12.002
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 89
Start page 422
End page 436
Total pages 15
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The state of Bihar in India has approximately 75 million people with no access to electricity. The government of India has pursued a policy of rural electrification through the provision of centralised coal-fired power which has been unable to resolve the low levels of electrification. Coal supply woes in India have led Indian companies to pursue new coal mines in Australia's Galilee Basin. The costs of these mining ventures will be high due to the mining infrastructure required and long transport distances to rural India. A high level analysis of mining, transport and power station investment to meet rural demand in Bihar shows that the absolute investment requirement using coal, especially coal sourced from Australia, as an expensive option. Pursuing electrification through village level, renewable energy micro-systems provides more flexibility. Pollution costs associated with coal-fired generation, employment benefits associated with many village implementations and a rural load unsupported by industry load, show a benefit associated with decentralised, renewable energy electrification.
Keyword Rural electrification
Renewable energy
Distributed energy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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