Roger Dargaville (Research Fellow, Energy Research Institute, Melbourne University): As the Australian Labor Party changes its stance on trading uranium with India, a pertinent question arises: why is India so keen to buy this controversial fuel? And what do India’s energy resources look like, both fossil and renewable? India has a population of 1.1 billion people, and 290 million of those people have no access to the electricity grid. Those that do have access to the grid use, on average, 2.7 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per person, per day. Compare this to the 30 kWh the average Australian uses. If all Indians gain access to the grid, and use just half the electricity of the average Australian, India would need an eight-fold increase in its generating capacity."
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