Sikkim sticks out sharply from India’s northern border, sharing frontiers with more countries (Nepal, China, and Bhutan) than it does with fellow states (West Bengal). Its mountainous terrain has kept it culturally and economically isolated from the rest of India, with agriculture and tourism major industries, but in recent years Sikkim has harnessed the power of central government investment to become one of India’s fastest growing states.
2,740 sq. miles
$1.91 billion (USD)
Legislative Assembly Seats
Rajya Sabha Seats
Lok Sabha Seats
Sikkim Democractic Front (SDF)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
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.
Sikkim has become the 22nd state to join the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY)—the bailout program designed to free state electricity distribution companies from their debt burdens. Membership is estimate to bring the state a financial benefit of $53.3 million.
Sikkim commissioned the 1,200 MW hydroelectric Teesta Stage III Power Project. The $2 billion project is designed to provide 12 percent of the state’s power free for the first 15 years and 15 percent thereafter.
Related National Goals
Solar Performance Tracker — Sikkim reaches 0.01 MW (updated September 21, 2018)
Wind Performance Tracker — Sikkim achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)