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True Electricity Demand and the Critical Role of Renewable Energy Sources

The choice before energy policymakers is stark - we can either choose a carefully thought-out strategy of responsible demand-side management and sustainable energy supply options, or allow things to drift by projecting an unlimited energy demand, and face all the associated serious consequences through the continued use of fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Many attempts have been made in recent years to project future electricity demand in the country. One such effort (Sukhatme 2011) is based on many assumptions and inferences, which may be termed as unrealistic. The weakness with many of such articles is that they tend to base their inferences on just the dry statistics without really appreciating the context/message behind those numbers.

Assumptions/inferences in this article, which seem to defy sound logic are:

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