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Blackout: sweltering India reveals dangers of relying too much ...

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Blackout: sweltering India reveals dangers of relying too much on coal

Outages are affecting the coal-dependent country’s post-Covid revival as they lead to industry losses and civil unrest

Rajesh Kumar Singh

A power crisis in India that’s delivering hours-long blackouts, halting manufacturing lines and triggering protests is forecast to continue for months, adding pressure on the nation’s economic rebound.

Electricity outages and curbs have spread across more than half of all states and the nation’s coal-dominated energy system is expected to come under further strain as power demand tops a recent record high in the coming weeks.

Even with a temporary reprieve from a blistering heatwave that’s delivered temperatures as high as 46ºC, households and businesses face ongoing disruptions as coal stockpiles shrink at power plants and fuel imports falter on prices that have surged since the war in Ukraine.  ..

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