Thanks to the Green Revolution, for 50 years Punjab has been the breadbasket of India. It’s large, prosperous farms still provide one of the highest standards of living of any Indian state. But Punjab has struggled in recent years thanks to the fall in food prices and its failure to build 21st-century industries such as agriprocessing. It doesn’t help that the state’s previous government was widely perceived as ineffective and complicit in large-scale corruption; it remains to be seen whether the new Congress government can bring change.
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India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) begun receiving 500 MW of power from Punjab and Chhattisgarh as part of an energy swapping initiative.
The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) notified farmers, who voluntarily surrender their power subsidy, that they will be charged a fixed rate of $6.16 per BHP each month.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has commissioned 18 megawatt (MW) Mukerian hydro-electric project (HEP) in Punjab.
Punjab has cleared a policy to provide gas through pipeline for every kind of usage to the urban population in the state.
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Wind Performance Tracker — Punjab achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)
Solar Performance Tracker — Punjab reaches 876.8 MW (updated October 31, 2017)