Role of Micro-Grids in Reducing Pollutant Emissions from Diesel Generators in Kathmandu, an ICIMOD-IOE Study

The India Office of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago refers to the global energy challenge: “how can we ensure that people around the world, today and in the future, have access to reliable, affordable energy needed for human development without putting our health, environment, and climate at risk.”  The ICIMOD study analyzes the potential for increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions from diesel generating (DG) sets used during electricity outages in the Kathmandu Valley—by switching from individual DG sets to micro-grids.  Use of solar or hybrid systems might lead to a further reduction in costs and in emissions.  Since air pollution is one of the major causes of death in South Asia—and close to half of such deaths are attributable to fine particle PM 2.5 pollution—the overall benefit can be quite significant once external costs of pollution emissions and health hazards are considered.  The final report is being processed for dissemination.

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Ramesh Anand Vaidya
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