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Emerging energy scenario in Western Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh


  • Aggarwal, R.K.
  • Chandel, S.S.


The GHGs emmited by using conventional energy sources rapid industrialization and development in hills, are contributing global warming, which has resulted in melting of glaciers located in the state at the rate of 0.3-20Â m2 per year as per recent studies. The shrinking of glaciers, which are the main source of water of Himalayan rivers, can have an adverse impact on the future of hydro-power projects, many of which may become non-functional during next 40-50 years if the current trend of melting of glaciers continues and the other renewable energy sources are required to be tapped to supplement the declining hydro-electricity generation. The energy consumption for cooking, lighting and space heating in the Western Himalayan Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is highest in the northern India. The fuelwood consumption constitutes about 52% of the total energy consumption of the state. About 2.7Â h per person per trip in the rural areas, are spent for the collection of fuelwood mainly during winters. A number of options and potential of renewable energy sources for cooking, heating and lighting in the state have been discussed. The future policy interventions in the energy sector are also presented.

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  • Aggarwal, R.K. & Chandel, S.S., 2010. "Emerging energy scenario in Western Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(5), pages 2545-2551, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:38:y:2010:i:5:p:2545-2551

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    1. Chandel, S.S. & Aggarwal, R.K., 2008. "Performance evaluation of a passive solar building in Western Himalayas," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 33(10), pages 2166-2173.
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    2. Chandel, S.S. & Shrivastva, Rajnish & Sharma, Vikrant & Ramasamy, P., 2016. "Overview of the initiatives in renewable energy sector under the national action plan on climate change in India," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 866-873.
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    4. Chandel, S.S. & Ramasamy, P. & Murthy, K.S.R, 2014. "Wind power potential assessment of 12 locations in western Himalayan region of India," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 530-545.


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