26 Apr '17, 12pm

It's getting hot in here: Increasing AC efficiency in India can reduce the need for 40 GW of new coal

Rising incomes, increasing urbanization, and large cooling demand prompted by India’s hot, humid climate are driving increasing uptake of room air conditioners (ACs). Air conditioning already accounts for 40-60% of summer peak load in large Indian cities such as Delhi and is on track to contribute 140 gigawatts (GW) (~30%) to peak demand in 2030. India’s standards and labeling policies improved the market average efficiency of room ACs by about 35% between 2006 and 2016 (3% per year) even as inflation-adjusted room AC prices continued to decline. In this report, we assess the technical feasibility and costs and benefits of accelerating the efficiency improvement in room ACs in India and discuss policy enhancements needed to achieve this goal. We also describe examples of rapid AC efficiency improvement from Japan and Korea. Driven by appropriate policies and programs, AC e...

Full article: https://eetd.lbl.gov/publications/accelerating-energy-eff...

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