The increasing number of air conditioning appliances – and overall electricity demand – in India had presumably a huge consequence as yesterday, 600 million people went without electricity for several hours.
As the New York Times noted : ” The world’s largest blackout ever crippled roughly half of India for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, sending officials scrambling for an explanation. “
” The power failure spread across 22 of the country’s 28 states, an area whose population is nearly 700 million, almost 10 percent of the world’s population.“
Grist has an interesting point of view on the matter :
We’ve previously mentioned the link between hot days and increased power demand. Not like we’re genius scientists for doing so; it’s a pretty obvious connection. The hotter the day, the greater the demand for air conditioning and fans, the more strain on the electrical grid. Today, India faced the worst-case scenario.
Many companies, institutions and private persons all around India have backup solutions with diesel generators. This huge blackout surely shows why India has recently upgraded its renewable energies plan…