""The power grid situation is very serious," said Persis Khambatta, Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "It's an impediment to investors in terms of doing business in India. If you're not sure your power source is reliable, you're going to have some second thoughts about doing business there."
India's troubles with its power grid go far beyond its inability to keep up with demand.
To put things in perspective: Due to inefficiencies and delivery issues, the U.S. power grid loses up to 10 percent of the electricity it produces. At the state-run Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd., that number is as high as 50 percent because of widespread theft and unauthorized usage, according to Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota and director of the Technological Leadership Institute."