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Fellow @TERI. Interested in environment, politics, and economics. Give me a good book and I am happy.

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India will not have official estimates on poverty in a period of one decade between 2011-12 and 2020-21!!! Governm… https://t.co/aOWvIR2Snj
Retweeted by Thomas Spencer @MrinalPande1 What people wore in the 70sJust goes to show how the rich (I'm rich in India) react when bargaining power that is systematically stacked in th… https://t.co/gbFxjiHnYwI just made a serious error of judgement at walked away from a rickshaw ride at 200 rupees. I'm now paying for it… https://t.co/dEWIf40AVB @gnievchenko This equates to average instantaneous load of 4.61 TW (40,000/8760). So the kind of capacities you se… https://t.co/W48eBHoXRc @gnievchenko Let's do some back of the envelope calcs. Looks just eyeballing it that the chart would equate on aber… https://t.co/zounVrkaB8 @rodrikdani Soul-searchingThe coverage of climate change in today's FT is a sign of how far the issue has come to the mainstream: - Australi… https://t.co/15EvEQq7UxDelhi's #AirPollution is so bad that even Sillyphant is wearing a mask today. Only problem is he can't fit his tr… https://t.co/Zd0WtwylvX @someshjha7 with another amazing frightening scoop. Real rural consumption expenditure fell 8.8 percent in the 6… https://t.co/6hQFKeXhQZ
11/15
2019
@rohitreads Right but never let the truth get in the way of poetic justice, right.Fascinating thread https://t.co/wkf8jRScnF
Retweeted by Thomas SpencerIt's logically inconsistent to say: IEA gets it wrong AND IEA appreciably drives real world investments. If the sec… https://t.co/30hbZ30r9cIf IEA scenarios have such normative force, why did people start investing massively in the solar capacities that t… https://t.co/7NaigfcVdeI also don't buy into the IEA bashing regarding not making 2C their central scenario. Scenarios are not perpetuat… https://t.co/pOH9nV98myYou can be very wrong on small part of energy system: small things can change quickly. You can still be broadly ri… https://t.co/dI7293cbmeIrony, irony. As Delhi bathes in a soup of filthy air, a ... coal conference. 👇 https://t.co/gUrjFhRoi5
11/14
2019
@DrJaneFlegal My suggestion: ban any numbers that are in energy units. The following are allowed - dollars - tons… https://t.co/ZTxd0Cs424Delhi says a nice big welcome! #DelhiAirEmergency I've just taken the train from Kanpur to Delhi, and let me tel… https://t.co/pi6bBMZD5i
11/13
2019
@Maveryq Of course. Be in touch if you want the original sources.11/n No: unlike developed countries struggling with 'just transition' of a few thousand coal workers today, India… https://t.co/jT60MvxaDL10/n So to researchers / analysts who argue that India has a political economy problem with coal transition, I say… https://t.co/rg1OhvdVAD9/n And after a brief spurt in the 2000s, there has been a marked slowdown in transition of the workforce out of ag… https://t.co/bAQRNF5GFj8/n But, and this is the crucial but, there is plenty of evidence that the development pathway followed by UK/US, o… https://t.co/XJ70HU7YJa7/n Why is this relevant to India? On one crucial indicator, the share of agriculture in total employment, India… https://t.co/bxPcJFd7pW6/n So massive transition out of coal as a productive sector could be managed because it occurred within a much bro… https://t.co/bvmfEfBXGm5/n 2. At that time, the economies of developed countries were working for the middle class: up to 1980 wages of pr… https://t.co/M6RR8FQBLz4/n This raises the question, why wasn't coal transition more disruptive for the early industrializers? Answer: 1… https://t.co/NhaxMQBUa63/n. This energy dependence on coal translated to a high economic dependence. At the beginning of the 20th century… https://t.co/gOeiOWHxXs2/n India is not that dependent on coal compared to the early industrializers UK/US during their industrialization.… https://t.co/p0LkrRoiTk1/n Today I presented at IIT Kanpur on India's coal transition. Here's a thread on what I said, with as always a *few* graphs.
11/12
2019
As suggested by @ThomasASpencer @teriin archive of daily Renewable generation reports added on @CEA_India website. https://t.co/ozznr8ZPYz
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11/11
2019
@NFujiwara37 OECD data, based on sources like PlattsBut perhaps more concerning is the vast majority of sectors with a net investment rate less than 2.5%. Data sourc… https://t.co/Y0ck27vNACIn 2017-18, almost one in four manufacturing sectors in India had negative net investment, i.e. depreciation was gr… https://t.co/t21NitjGDgSure, how about i, @teriin ? 👇 https://t.co/USWetUNH9J
11/8
2019
@krishnandeepak1 Correct, what I have called monsoon is the same months for all states, i.e. June, July, August, Se… https://t.co/NC0jzeoUt412/n Even if it's largely driven by excess monsoon (which I don't think so), India's economy will have taken a hit… https://t.co/426R4f13ob11/n So in my mind the jury is still out between competing hypotheses of industrial slowdown versus excess monsoon… https://t.co/XiP6grKj5S10/n We also see that the monsoon excess was concentrated in the western region, while the northern and eastern r… https://t.co/c1SjLXEh0a9/n If anything the slowdown is getting more pronounced with more recent data. The graph above has week on week an… https://t.co/bdpJMajpby8/n So do we see the slowdown in electricity consumption easing up as the monsoon ends? Let's look at some more… https://t.co/ULfCZkIexH7/n Although in the case of Tamil Nadu, we don't see this seasonality so much. It's there but not as pronounced. https://t.co/2TfpzYXwjT6/n We can see the monsoon related decline if we look at the seasonal load profiles for Maharashtra (Western Region… https://t.co/9BguajB3rn5/n On point 2: we know that electricity demand declines during monsoon somewhat, as household weather related con… https://t.co/pSRKabnf0M4/n There are a couple of possible interpretations here: 1. The slowdown is being led by industry, and hence visib… https://t.co/uM1yvQL96C3/n The graph below shows monthly annualized electricity demand in two parts of the country: 1. More industrialized… https://t.co/BuPSNHNUlT2/n What do we know about the decline in demand? A few numbers. Firstly, year to-date, January to end of Octo… https://t.co/7izbfvg5OL1/n A lot of people have been commenting on the slowdown in electricity demand this year relatively to last. Elec… https://t.co/7QG6RDTpju"Oil companies have become increasingly concerned about the viability of such projects amid a broader global push f… https://t.co/3hTiBLhvCV @ankitbhardy This I agree with. My analysis does not support a conclusion that "capitalism is good for poor countri… https://t.co/OY15WPHptT @ankitbhardy Which predicament would you rather have: climate change, or child mortality rate of 30-50%, as was the… https://t.co/JFnMMajt9a @ankitbhardy 1. Degrowth in rich countries is the redistribution supposed to have the largest impact against cc. 2… https://t.co/4og5TLaWbB @ankitbhardy I agree. Which is why I said "capitalism guided by government". You need the innovation process to be… https://t.co/aDJQIyo63L
11/7
2019
9/n Note: I agree capitalism needs profound reform, for plenty of other good reasons than climate change. Also,… https://t.co/cfKcLJhHV88/n So my conclusions are: climate change is not really a resource redistribution problem, but an innovation probl… https://t.co/SZeCNNDJOA7/n What would the welfare impacts of GDP caps be? Available evidence suggests that there are still appreciable… https://t.co/rFpzdN985x6/n So paradoxically equity based arguments for degrowth in rich countries are the same reason degrowth doesn't ma… https://t.co/scsqBTpNx65/n Three reasons 1. Rich countries growth very slowly out to 2050 anyway. 2. Poor countries are so populous, an… https://t.co/BZCp2pLzkM4/n Does degrowth make a difference? Not really actually 👇 Required rate of GHG intensity improvement is sever… https://t.co/BiVualY2Yo3/n Then take the emissions level in 2050 consistent with 2C, and calculate the GHG intensity of GDP in 2050 for… https://t.co/DqRbBgUDVJ2/n Imagine 4 scenarios to 2050: 1. Continued BAU economic growth. 2. Freeze rich country GDP per cap. 3. Degr… https://t.co/FCbIkWxpTV1/n Do we need to stop growth to save the climate? Do we need degrowth in rich countries to lower the effort of me… https://t.co/hB8tPZA6ZQ @rohitreads @EmergingRoy @pujamehra It's a great bookIndia Eight Core Industries Growth - ⁦@SoberLook⁩ https://t.co/F5fzrkpQOU
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11/6
2019
This is an important area and a much neglected one. https://t.co/FhPEr7U2mE
Retweeted by Thomas Spencer @175GW_IndiaRenw @siddharth3 I call this the "rickshawwala no": look you right in the eye, say nothing, drive off.… https://t.co/x6r7APZVki
11/5
2019
Why India can't afford not to start looking seriously at industrial decarbonization: India is by far the largest s… https://t.co/jf8IJd8IVH
11/4
2019
3/3 And the real tragedy is that farmers' livelihoods are still so precarious, held together by a web of unafforda… https://t.co/ZgERw1exta2/3 Those subsidies - free water, free power, govt procurement, fertilizer - distort economic decision making. Co… https://t.co/ijnvLnmfMiDelhi's #AirPollution crisis is not about stubble burning. It's about the failure to transform the economy of Ind… https://t.co/mShIFwSJDnCall to action against govt inaction on #AirPollution #DelhiAirEmergency . How about a Delhi Bandh tomorrow? https://t.co/h8J8SxW3iM
Retweeted by Thomas SpencerHey Delhi, are you still down there? I can’t see you.
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11/3
2019
Why & How India lost multiple chances to save its growth story? A fabolous discussion of @pujamehra‘s excellent bo… https://t.co/K2b6lE7MUz
Retweeted by Thomas SpencerThe shrinking of India’s middle class https://t.co/Fbt5Ab8KCiCentral bankers are recognizing they have the power and responsibility to fight #climatechange. The Bundesbank woul… https://t.co/Za8ThcMNhR
Retweeted by Thomas SpencerWe at @teriin look forward to working with @Siemens on energy transitions, including in the heavy industry sectors… https://t.co/SVGk0nGN9w
Retweeted by Thomas Spencer @greenEnder @laurimyllyvirta @CarbonBrief Chek interesting paper by @ThomasASpencer here, https://t.co/BModlqIYhh https://t.co/nAgQYfonkg
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11/2
2019
@175GW_IndiaRenw @ReNew_Power @CEA_India Keep it up! @175GW_IndiaRenw @ReNew_Power @CEA_India Forgive my ignorance Sir, but how far back do these daily reports go?
11/1
2019
Help! A man-eating Banyan tree! https://t.co/ft4vOmm1EgIn addition to climate change, we have created a system with such short horizons and rampant inequality that much o… https://t.co/3dkcwqlTw0
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10/31
2019
Forget the just transition for coal workers. That's the least of our problems. The challenge is that we have to tr… https://t.co/fhrUSgXakVWhether the #COP25 goes ahead this year or next, in Chile or Bonn, doesn't really matter. But it does add to the na… https://t.co/ippovDgotR @ErwinJackson1 Trade war induced, Diesel-gate enhanced, industrial slowdown helped too! It lowered electricity dema… https://t.co/0DuVp6gyaz#Lithium ion #battery design can charge an electric vehicle in 10 minutes @Joule_CP https://t.co/1PUlxFFO6s
Retweeted by Thomas SpencerAnother nice piece in the Economic Times from our paper looking at the challenges of air conditioning for RE integr… https://t.co/V6N7gMqsGT
10/30
2019
A new method of extracting hydrogen from water more efficiently to capture renewable energy https://t.co/xZU8kHpeeI
Retweeted by Thomas SpencerWhen putting up the Diwali lights becomes all too much for you. 👇😭 https://t.co/EE67Igezex"speeding up the transition perhaps lies in an extremely unfashionable approach — public sector investment... A bet… https://t.co/kR1gnNRuXh
10/29
2019
@arvindpawan1 @brendanpierpont We project that peak will shift to daytime as commercial cooling comes to dominate.… https://t.co/vefiXeTS6W
10/26
2019
@kishorehota Here it is: https://t.co/Z25Ooapj4MNEW - Analysis: India’s CO2 emissions growth poised to slow sharply in 2019 | @laurimyllyvirta @Sunil_S_Dahiyahttps://t.co/9XV05Yxgzp
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10/24
2019
A nice summary of our briefing paper in the Economic Times. Rs 1 lakh crore bad loans ailing India’s power sector… https://t.co/aXNaVb4OpWI’d say we’re in this mess because fossil fuels are super useful and super abundant and it’s really hard to build a… https://t.co/jWxVxzcv4s
Retweeted by Thomas SpencerIEA flags poor discom health as renewable energy speed breaker - The Financial Express https://t.co/l2FgZlqqbS @brendanpierpont I'd agree in the midterm (2-4 year perspective) but in the short term (1 year) most decisions will… https://t.co/BKbqOg5YPV
10/23
2019
@ThomasASpencer China Q1-3 manufacturing power demand was up 3% which is a significant slowdown from past two years… https://t.co/0ExRzVGHl8
Retweeted by Thomas Spencer6/n So 2019 might not be a bad year for the growth of RE in generation and controlling power sector emissions, but… https://t.co/D77jj9KzsC5/n Of course, electricity demand is weather dependent, and this may play in, but my guess is the manufacturing sl… https://t.co/FeDlxaFVaf
10/22
2019

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