India’s Blackouts And The Lessons We Can Learn From Them

At the end of July, India saw massive blackouts which left approximately 650 million people without power. Why did this happen though and what can the rest of the world learn?

India is looking at rapid economic growth and the demand for power has been increasing on a daily basis. Unfortunately the country is also home to an aging electrical infrastructure with few back-up systems, a situation where small problems can become massive very quickly as we have now seen.

Fast forward a few years and these problems will only grow as more residents will want power. At the moment approximately one-third of India’s households don’t have access to electricity and as they see their economic status climb, they will soon be demanding it. In other words, the pressure is now on for India to solve their infrastructure problems or else they’ll face more blackouts in the future.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the rest of the world are exempt from these issues. While many countries may boast an infrastructure which is currently doing the job well enough, with the ever expanding energy needs of citizens, those infrastructures are aging rapidly and the world as a whole needs to catch up.

South African’s may have their blackout woes, but nowhere near as bad as that which plagued India last month and we, and the rest of the world, need to learn from this and anticipate the future problems and act accordingly. We need to work together and adapt so that we can face the rest of the 21st century head on.

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