Deceleration in the Growth of Electricity Demand in Karnataka in 2014

NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting

Topic: Deceleration in the Growth of Electricity Demand in Karnataka in 2014

Speaker: Ms. Akhila Prabhakaran
                        Research Consultant, Energy Environment Policy Programme, NIAS

Chairperson: Dr. D. P. Sen Gupta
                        Visiting Professor, School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, NIAS
                        sengupta.dp@gmail.com

Date: 23 September, 2015

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS

All are cordially invited

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Abstract:  NIAS was commissioned by Power Corporation of Karnataka, Ltd. to study the causes for the deceleration in the growth rate of electricity demand in the state. The study shows that the growth rate in electricity consumption has declined from an average of 8.65% between FY2005-FY2012 to 2.63% in FY 2014. We identified which companies and sectors were responsible for the slowdown in the demand. Our studies indicate that the demand in the agricultural sector is primarily influenced by annual rainfall and the area irrigated by tube-wells. The non-agricultural sectoral consumption was related to the state sectoral GDP. Predictive models were built to estimate the consumption of electricity in agricultural and non-agricultural sectors based on the above factors. 

About the speaker: Ms. Akhila Prabhakaran is a Research Consultant to the Energy Environment Policy Programme at NIAS.  She has an Integrated M. Sc. in Statistics from IIT, Kanpur.  She has over 17 years of software engineering experience (some of it at Infosys) and is a mentor for start-ups and IT companies.

Date: 
Wednesday, September 23, 2015