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1.1 Energy Scenario

1.1 Energy Scenario



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SyllabusEnergy Scenario
: Commercial and Non-Commercial Energy, Primary EnergyResources, Commercial Energy Production, Final Energy Consumption, Energy Needs of Growing Economy, Long Term Energy Scenario, Energy Pricing, Energy Sector Reforms,Energy and Environment: Air Pollution, Climate Change, Energy Security, EnergyConservation and its Importance, Energy Strategy for the Future, Energy ConservationAct-2001 and its Features.
1.1 Introduction
Energy is one of the major inputs for the economic development of any country. In the case of the developing countries, the energy sector assumes a critical importance in view of the ever-increasing energy needs requiring huge investments to meet them.Energy can be classified into several types based on the following criteria:
Primary and Secondary energy
Commercial and Non commercial energy
Renewable and Non-Renewable energy
1.2 Primary and Secondary Energy
Primary energy sources arethose that are either found orstored in nature. Commonprimary energy sources arecoal, oil, natural gas, andbiomass (such as wood). Otherprimary energy sourcesavailable include nuclearenergy from radioactivesubstances, thermal energystored in earth’s interior, andpotential energy due to earth’sgravity. The major primary andsecondary energy sources areshown in Figure 1.1Primary energy sources aremostly converted in industrialutilities into
secondary energy
 sources; for example coal, oilor gas converted into steamand electricity.
Figure 1.1 Major Primary and Secondary Sources
Openor DeepMines
PowerStationPurificationEnrichmentMiningTreatmentGas WellCrackingandRefiningOilWell
LPGPetrolDiesel/fuel oilsCoalCoal
ElectricityNuclearNatural gasPetroleumHydroNatural gas
SourceExtractionPrimary energySecondaryEnergyProcessingSteamSteamThermalThermal
Bureau of Energy Efficiency
1. Energy ScenarioPrimary energy can also be used directly. Some energy sources have non-energy uses, forexample coal or natural gas can be used as a feedstock in fertiliser plants.
1.3 Commercial Energy and Non Commercial Energy
Commercial Energy
The energy sources that are available in the market for a definite price are known as commercialenergy. By far the most important forms of commercial energy are electricity, coal and refinedpetroleum products. Commercial energy forms the basis of industrial, agricultural, transport andcommercial development in the modern world. In the industrialized countries, commercializedfuels are predominant source not only for economic production, but also for many householdtasks of general population.Examples: Electricity, lignite, coal, oil, natural gas etc.
Non-Commercial Energy
The energy sources that are not available in the commercial market for a price are classified asnon-commercial energy. Non-commercial energy sources include fuels such as firewood, cattledung and agricultural wastes, which are traditionally gathered, and not bought at a price usedespecially in rural households. These are also called traditional fuels. Non-commercial energy isoften ignored in energy accounting.Example: Firewood, agro waste in rural areas; solar energy for water heating, electricitygeneration, for drying grain, fish and fruits; animal power for transport, threshing, lifting waterfor irrigation, crushing sugarcane; wind energy for lifting water and electricity generation.
1.4 Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is energy obtained from sources that are essentially inexhaustible. Examplesof renewable resources include wind power, solar power, geothermal energy, tidal power andhydroelectric power (See Figure 1.2). The most important feature of renewable energy is that itcan be harnessed without the release of harmful pollutants. Non-renewable energy is theconventional fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, which are likely to deplete with time.Renewable Non-Renewable
Figure 1.2 Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy
Bureau of Energy Efficiency
1. Energy Scenario
1.5 Global Primary Energy Reserves
The proven global coal reserve was estimated to be 9,84,453 milliontonnes by end of 2003. The USA had the largest share of the globalreserve (25.4%) followed by Russia (15.9%), China (11.6%). India was4
in the list with 8.6%.
The global proven oil reserve was estimated to be 1147 billion barrels by the end of 2003. SaudiArabia
had the largest share of the reserve with almost 23%.(One barrel of oil is approximately 160 litres)
 The global proven gas reserve was estimated to be 176 trillion cubic metres bythe end of 2003. The Russian Federation had the largest share of the reservewith almost 27%.
Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy, June 2004)
Global Primary Energy ConsumptionWorld oil and gas reserves are estimated at just 45 years and 65years respectively. Coal is likely to last a little over 200 years
 The global primary energy consumption at the end of 2003 was equivalent to 9741 milliontonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe). The Figure 1.3 shows in what proportions the sourcesmentioned above contributed to this global figure.
BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2004©BP
World primary energy consumption
Figure 1.3 Global Primary Energy Consumption
Bureau of Energy Efficiency

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