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India Faces Dark Summer in 2012 with Prices Spiral,Fuel Shortages,Local Agitation,Producer Losses

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India faces a Long and Dark Summer in 2012 with its Electricity Industry in Shambles.The list of woes is almost non-ending and the government is the biggest culprit.Locked in a policy paralysis due to its corruption taint,the authorities have failed to move.Indian Electricity Companies too are facing losses and may even default on some project debt.The state distribution companies already have racked up billion of dollar in losses due to total mismanagement of  tariffs and power theft.So the whole supply chain is in trouble with the Indian Banks also in trouble as they have lent billions to the power producers.

India is one of the biggest electricity consumers in the country.Despite massive demand,the supply is not coming up as the power plants are locked in litigation and protests by locals as well.Land acquisition has been a point of concern leading to deaths.Nuclear Power  Plants in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are not being built due to Fukushima dangers.Hydro Power Plants too face problems as people are concerned about the environmental impact. Coal India the monopoly producer has nto managed to meet targets.It keeps raising prices and lowering production while imported coal makes the electricity generated too costly to be sold.

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Sneha Shah

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