Rice University expert available to comment on India’s massive blackout

Jeff Falk

Rice University expert available to comment on India’s massive blackout 

HOUSTON — (July 31, 2012) – The world’s largest blackout ever has crippled roughly half of India for a second consecutive day today. The power failure has spread across 22 of the country’s 28 states, an area whose population is nearly 600 million, almost 10 percent of the world’s population.

Russell Green, a Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy expert, can comment on the situation. Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics, spent the past four years in India, where he served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s first financial attaché to that country.

“The massive blackout represents a culmination of problems in India’s power sector that range from coal supply problems to insolvent power distributors that have hampered development of adequate generating capacity,” Green said. “The blackout will not hit the Indian economy to the same degree that it would ours, because, unfortunately Indians are used to blackouts. First, Indian census data shows almost half of the 600 million people affected did not have any power in their homes to begin with. Second, even the gleaming high-rise office buildings of Gurgaon outside Delhi have smokestacks to accommodate their backup generators.”

Green’s bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/rgreen.

To arrange an interview with Green, contact him directly at 281-932-2311 or russell.a.green@rice.edu.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.