India’s electricity crisis explained in seven charts

The demand-supply gap persists, only to widen with the onset of summer every year. Who’s to blame?

Last month, in what was the hottest April in 122 years, the Goa Electricity Department’s Twitter handle broke the fourth wall.  

This was on the 26th. A brutal heatwave had forced people to crank up their desert coolers and air conditioners. India was facing its highest-ever demand for electricity. Supply grids couldn’t keep up and nearly two-thirds of households across the country reeled from power cuts.

The frustration was evident on Twitter. Responding to one such irate user, the person manning the Goa Electricity Department’s handle posted, “I also have no lights and would be anytime fadding [sic] away from …

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