As we ended the month of July in 2012, India was in the midst of a blackout that left an estimated 650 million people without power, In fact, 20 of India’s 28 states were plunged into darkness. Why did this happen?
It all happened because of an aging electrical infrastructure with relatively few back-up power generating systems combined with rapid economic growth that has dramatically increased the need for energy. In other words, there is not enough energy production to satisfy current, not to mention future energy demands. And, from an energy transmission and distribution perspective, there have been problems for years due to the aging infrastructure and now with demand increasing every day, small problems can become large very fast. Could anyone have seen these problems coming and prevented them from happening in the first place?