Why is electricity used in India

Energy balance in India

Energy balance


CO2 emissions



Development of CO2 emissions from 1979 to 2016 in million tons




Production capacities according to energy sources

The production capacities for electrical energy listed here are theoretical values ​​that could only be achieved under ideal conditions. They indicate the amount of energy that can be generated, which would be achieved with permanent full utilization of all energy producers.

In practice, however, this is not possible because solar systems under clouds, for example, hardly generate any electricity. Wind and hydropower plants also do not run under full load permanently. This information is only helpful in comparison to other energy sources and countries.


Note: The sum of the individual details in this table corresponds to 101.00 percent and can therefore not be correct. Länderdaten.info receives this data from the US Office of Public Affairs (CIA) and will not, however, make any unauthorized changes.

Share of renewable energies

The energy sources wind and solar energy, biomass and geothermal energy are summarized under renewable energies. In other words, all energy sources that renew themselves within a short period of time or are permanently available. Energy from hydropower is only partially renewable energy. This is definitely the case with current or tidal power plants. However, numerous dams or dams also produce mixed forms, e.g. by pumping water into their storage tanks at night and using it to recover energy during the day when there is an increased demand for electricity. Since the amount of energy obtained cannot be clearly recorded, all energies from hydropower are output separately.

In 2015, the share of renewable energies in actual total consumption in India was around 36.0 percent. The following chart shows the percentage from 1990 to 2015: