With a power score of 2.57, India ranks number 2 among emerging markets and number 10 in the global ranking.
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2.57 / 5
Net-zero goal and strategy
India announced at the COP26 climate summit in November 2021 that it would seek to reach net-zero emissions by 2070. However, this target has yet to be formalized and may be conditional on receipt of international climate finance. The country has previously argued that pushing developing countries with low per capita emissions to commit to a net-zero goal will undermine their right to economic development.
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)
The national cabinet approved India’s revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) – its plan to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement – in August 2022. The updated NDC includes a target to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 45% by 2030 versus 2005 levels, and an objective for about 50% of cumulative installed power generation capacity to be non-fossil-fuel-based energy resources by the end of the decade. This is more ambitious than India’s previous NDC, which sought to lower the emissions intensity of GDP by 33-35% by 2030 from 2005 levels. The revised NDC has not laid out any sector-specific mitigation targets.
Fossil fuel phase-out policy
India does not have an official fossil-fuel phase-out policy. The increasing economic attractiveness of renewables and focus on reducing air pollution could act as triggers for the early retirement of coal-fired power plants.
India is the world’s largest market for renewables auctions. The transparent mechanism and ambitious government targets have attracted many domestic and foreign players, helping drive down the cost of clean power in the country.
Power prices and costs
Residential and agricultural users typically pay less than the cost of supply for their electricity in India. These segments are cross-subsidized by commercial and industrial users.
Reforms are currently underway to increase private participation in the power distribution sector and allow users to buy electricity from different suppliers.
Fossil-fuel-derived power gets paid a two-part tariff, comprising a fixed price component for availability and a variable price component for dispatch. Renewables have one fixed tariff for 25 years with no indexation to inflation.
India’s power market has private participation in generation, transmission and distribution. Most of the power supplied is based on bilateral contracts, with a smaller volume transacted in the spot market. Power generators sign standardized power purchase agreements in the local currency, following the guidelines issued by the government.
Installed Capacity (in MW)
Electricity Generation (in GWh)
Which segments of the power sector are open to private participation?
Wholesale power market
Does the country have a wholesale power market?
Doing business and barriers
The Indian government's priority is expanding the grid network to supply 24/7 power. The integration of renewables is being aided by building out interstate transmission grids. There have been no payment defaults by offtakers, but the dues to power producers from distribution companies are rising because of late payments. In response, federal agencies have taken the lead in signing offtake contracts and have a good payment track record.
Currency of PPAs
Are PPAs (eg. corporate PPAs and all other types) signed in or indexed to U.S. Dollars or Euro?
Bilateral power contracts
Can a C&I (Commercial and Industrial) customer sign a long-term contract (PPA) for clean energy?
Fossil fuel price distortions - Subsidies
Does the government influence the wholesale price of fossil fuel (used by thermal power plants) down through subsidies?
Fossil fuel price distortions - Taxes
Does the government influence the wholesale price of fossil fuel (used by thermal power plants) up through taxes or carbon prices?
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