Accelerating Energy Transition in India: A Comparative Perspective
Indian Institute of Technology Law Review, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT-Kharagpur
18 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2019
Date Written: Aug. 2018
This essay focuses on India’s Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement as it pertains to energy systems, and in particular, transitioning the electricity sector to a modern-low carbon grid. The essay first provides an overview of India’s renewable energy goals in comparative context with other top emitters. Comparative energy policy analysis provides insight into reform models that may have broader applicability, and although regulatory regimes governing electricity vary one country to the next, there are often substantial commonalities that comparative work can highlight. With this in mind, the essay addresses two examples of policy innovation in India that build on trends in renewable energy law worldwide: (1) aligning corporate demand for clean power with renewable energy targets and (2) minimizing renewables’ intermittency and land use impacts through hybrid renewables policy.
Note: Invited essay for inaugural issue.
Keywords: renewable energy, energy storage, india, climate change, comparative law, energy law
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