India's blackout and the challenges of providing power to a growing nation

August 6, 2012

Last week India experienced the world’s largest blackout. Some 600 million people were left without electrical power when three grids collapsed. The blackout paralyzed transport across the country and brought business to a halt. 

India’s demand for electricity has soared in recent years as its economy has grown but its power infrastructure hasn’t been able to meet the growing need.

Arshad Mansoor is Senior Vice President of the Research and Development Group for the Electric Power Research Institute. He joins Worldview to discuss the political and economic challenges of providing power to the world's rapidly expanding, and energy-hungry, population.