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On the anniversary of Partition, mixed fortunes are apparent in the renewables sector for India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In India, while the debate over the role of fossil fuels still rages, the saga of rural electrification continues. Conflicting news releases about the levels of success abound, but one to note – and pleasing to us – is the decision by RBI to take a holistic approach to the development of Smart Villages. Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to try to build a renewables strategy for Pakistan, while in Bangladesh, the government seems intent on undoing all the good work done in swarming SHS. Finally, Nepal and Bhutan struggle with the aid of some NGOs to introduce more mini-hydro and micro-grids. Another debate resurfacing this week is the absurdity of fossil fuel subsidies.

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