Karthik Ganesan is a Research Fellow at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). His research focus includes the development of long-term energy scenarios for India, and energy efficiency improvements in the industrial sector in India.
He also leads an independent effort to assess greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the industrial sector, and improving transparency in reporting. In addition, he supports ongoing work in the areas of power sector performance and reform and energy access indicators for rural Indian households. He also carried out a first-of-a-kind evaluation of the impact of industrial policies on the renewable energy sector in India. His published works include: Factors affecting household satisfaction with electricity supply in India (Nature); Energising India – Towards a resilient and equitable energy system (SAGE, book); Rethink India’s energy strategy (Nature); Co-location opportunities for RE and agriculture in North-western India: Trade-offs and synergies (Applied Energy); Valuation of health impact of air pollution from thermal power plants (Asian Development Bank (ADB)); Technical feasibility of metropolitan siting of nuclear power plants (National University of Singapore (NUS)); Prospects for Carbon Capture and Storage in South East Asia (ADB).
Karthik has a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, Singapore. His prior educational training resulted in an M.Tech. in Infrastructure Engineering and a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.
Rural electrification in India: Focus on service quality
18 Jan 2017
India has set an ambitious goal of achieving high-quality electricity supply for all households by 2019, and impressive progress has been made in increasing the number of household electricity connections. However, this column finds that the quality of electricity service to rural households is dismal and this is considered to be a major problem by rural households. There is a need for rationalising rural electricity tariffs to ensure cost recovery in exchange of improved service quality.
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