The summer this year saw temperatures soaring to record levels across Europe with many places in France recording temperatures exceeding 45°C. More than 1500 people were reported to have died due to the unprecedented heat wave. In Germany, it was reported that demand for electric fans soured and shops in many towns ran out of stock. In India, the oppressive summer temperatures across the country have been worsening with 50°C summer peaks no longer making to the front page.
Electricity is what makes our modern life possible. It provides comfort- lighting, cooling and heating in our homes and offices. It runs many of our modern transport systems, hospitals, schools, factories, and more importantly our computers and the internet. In short, the modern world and economy is inconceivable without electricity. No wonder the per capita electrical consumption is an indicator of the prosperity levels of any country.