What if the Indian government’s goal is to eliminate blackouts by 2020?
India’s government is planning to launch the world’s first national blackout date for electricity supply by 2030, but the blackout dates have been plagued by problems over the years, prompting some to question whether the goal is feasible.
The government is set to unveil a new target for energy consumption by 2030 on Thursday, the Financial Times reported, citing sources familiar with the plans.
The government aims to slash blackouts from a current average of nearly 100 megawatts (MW) a day in 2020 to 30 MW a day by 2030.
The government is aiming to achieve this by using “new technologies and technologies that are cheaper and more effective,” the Times reported.
The move will not affect electricity consumption, but will make it easier for households to reduce the amount of electricity they use.
For instance, households may be able to switch off appliances, and households with large energy bills may be better able to do so.
The plan is expected to help ease energy shortages and help meet the country’s carbon emissions targets.
India has been the world leader in coal-fired power generation, which accounted for more than a third of the countrys total electricity consumption in 2016.
India is also the world No. 3 consumer of coal, according to the United Nations, accounting for almost a quarter of its total emissions.
However, in recent years, the government has faced some problems with blackouts, including a series of blackouts that occurred last year that were attributed to lack of electricity supply.
The blackout in November last year, which saw the government cancel power cuts for some six days, was blamed on “uncontrolled lightning strikes” and the inability of the Indian National Power Corporation (INPC) to provide power to some of the regions affected by the blackout.