India is the third-largest energy-consuming country in the world. According to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2020, India has become one of the largest sources of energy demand growth globally and is making remarkable progress towards its universal electrification target, with 100 million people gaining access in 2018 alone. Per-capita electricity consumption is still around a third of the world average, but total Indian electricity demand is expected to start expanding again in the coming years following the significant demand drop in 2020 due to Covid19. India faces a triad of challenges: how to expand energy access and integrate renewable energy, all while transitioning to a low-carbon electricity system to achieve ambitious economic, social and climate objectives.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) in association with NITI Aayog and with sponsorship of the British High Commission, is organising a launch event to present the key findings of the report Renewables Integration in India 2021.