In the seventh post of the series, “Plugging In: Electricity Consumption in India Homes“ by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Prayas (Energy Group), we examine electricity demand in the NCR.
The burden of managing energy demand is particularly relevant to the National Capital Region (NCR), with Delhi being among the highest residential electricity consuming areas in India. Yet, in spite of the scale of current and future residential electricity use, an understanding of Delhi and the NCR’s household consumption patterns and their drivers is limited. In this post, we examine electricity demand in the NCR, which comprises Delhi, much of Haryana, and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The NCR covers approximately 130 cities and towns, a land area of 22,500 square miles, and has an urban population of over 30 million that is growing at about 20% per decade. We focus our findings around three questions: How much electricity does the NCR resident consume? What are the electricity services that households in the NCR most consume? How is the ownership of cooling appliances changing with increasing incomes and the ability of households to consume more?
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