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  • Harnessing Wind Power through Kites

    India’s record in wind energy development is good. But the existing technology is fast becoming outdated. Evolving technologies like kite wind should therefore be considered.

    June 09, 2017

    The Geopolitics of Gas: Common Problems, Disparate Strategies

    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2017

    This volume looks at the evolving gas market and the various players who influence it -- both as producers and consumers. However, some of the players, such as Australia and the new African producers, as well as Japan and South Korea, the two largest LNG consumers, have not been included as their approach tends to be more commercial than geopolitical in nature.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-900-9,
    • Price: ₹. 995
    • E-copy available
    2017

    Hydropower as an Energy Source: Need to Find the Right Balance

    While hydropower projects are critical for economic growth and development, it is equally important to fully assess their potential social and environmental impact in the long-term. The challenge lies in finding the right balance between the need for development and the necessity of protecting the environment.

    May 12, 2017

    Trump’s Energy Plan – More Volatility for Oil Geopolitics

    Although President-elect Trump has declared his intention to deregulate the fossil fuel sector in order to make America less energy import dependent, but over time, this will lead to an increase in supplies in an already over-supplied oil (and gas) market and send prices into a further downward spiral.

    December 05, 2016

    The Oil Market Challenge

    Over the last few years, it has been a roller coaster ride for the oil markets. From $110 a barrel in 2010, prices began dropping from June 2014 and finally dropped to below $30 a barrel in January 2016. Then from the end of the first quarter of 2016, prices started recovering and have been hovering around $50 a barrel since May

    September 2016

    Energy Interdependence as a Strategic Factor in the Post-Cold War Context

    Energy, as a resource, has been considered only as a factor of complex geopolitical rivalries and geo-economic calculations globally. This article, on the other hand, attempts to analyse a parallel trend in the post-Cold War international scenario, a trend that shows how energy gains global relevance as a vector of alliance and a link for interdependence, and how economic and environmental challenges have become the compelling factors to push competitors to turn into allies and partners.

    May 2016

    Enhancing Energy Security in Rural Tanzania: Examples of Decentralized Rural Energy Approaches from India

    Enhancing Energy Security in Rural Tanzania: Examples of Decentralized Rural Energy Approaches from India

    This paper argues that decentralized electrification without local participation is unlikely to yield the desired nation-wide impact, especially for the rural communities. This suggests that the energy policy and institutional arrangements of Tanzania need to find more space for local community participation in rural electrification initiatives.

    Geopolitical Shifts in West Asia: Trends and Implications

    Geopolitical Shifts in West Asia:Trends and Implications
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2016

    The West Asian region is undergoing a phase of massive turbulence since the outbreak of the Arab Spring. This period has been marked by popular protests, internal conflicts, civil wars, military interventions and involvement of external players. The regional security situation remains fragile with a new terrorist entity, the Islamic State, emerging to challenge the existing geographical boundaries of the region. There has been an enormous increase in terrorism and extremism, and the non-state actors have gained significant influence in regional politics.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-877-4,
    • Price: ₹ 995.00
    • E-copy available
    2016

    Danish Mallick asked: Does India have any codified policy till date to be at least 60 per cent self-sufficient in energy, and how much time it is going to take?

    Shebonti Ray Dadwal replies: In its Vision 2.0, the NITI Aayog has projected the following paths that India is likely to take in its endeavour to achieve energy security:

    Level 1- the 'Least Effort' scenario: This assumes that little or no effort is being made in terms of interventions on the demand and the supply side.

    Soundarrajan Karuppusamy asked: How the lowering of oil prices adversely affect India’s overall economic security? Will there be any negative impact on India’s energy security?

    Shebonti Ray Dadwal replies: The lower oil prices have thus far been beneficial for India, being a major oil importing country. India is expected to save Rs. 2.14 lakh crore on its oil import bill in the Financial Year 2016. Moreover, a lower oil import bill has helped cut its current account deficit (CAD) from 4.8 per cent in 2012 to 1.6 per cent of the GDP. But this might not be the case in future. When the oil prices would increase, the CAD too will increase concurrently.

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