Of this, it needs around Rs 7 lakh crore (USD 110 billion) per year in energy supply - 75 percent of which is required to meet India's burgeoning need for electricity – and a further Rs 2 lakh crore (USD 30 billion) per year to improve energy efficiency, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said.
"India's energy transformation requires three things: investment, investment and investment," he said. "A lot is being done already to overhaul the energy regulatory system and get the incentives in place; this is vital, as India will need to call upon a wider range of investors and sources of finance than it has in the past."
He said over than next 25 years, 315 million people, almost the population of the United States today, will be added to India's urban population, raising demand for energy.
"India is set to contribute more than any other country to the rise in global energy demand over the next 25 years, underlining its ever-greater influence in Asia and on the world stage; even so, its energy demand per capita in 2040 would still be 40 percent below the world average," he added.
By 2040, India will become the largest source of worldwide coal demand growth, most of which is met by expanded domestic production.


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