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Hello everybody,

I sent my big story for this week on Monday, so this is going to be a short one. Since the outset I imagined Lights On as more than a series of weekly stories - over time, I want to create a platform for people to interact with each other and with my journalism.

When you work for a big media organisation, you report to your editors and ultimately adhere to the title’s priorities and agenda. With this newsletter I am reporting to you only, and I strive to make content that will be not just useful, but essential to *you*.

In September, I am launching a membership scheme, the first step in this direction: I have many ideas on how to create the best platform for our growing community, but I need your help to do it the way you want. So here’s a short survey (it’s seriously quick - just two minutes) to get an idea of your interests, and what you would like to see as a potential member.

Take the survey

While Lights On is free for now, and will always feature some quality free content, it’s the members that will keep the project going and growing, so I am asking you today to help me create something that will be worth your dollars.

Journalism takes time, effort and know-how.

Here’s a roundup of some of my most successful stories as tweeted by the people who endorsed them, for a flavour of what you’ll be supporting if you decide to become a member:


Ashok Swain @ashoswai

India needs a smart China policy. "Competition with China is trapping India in what in game theory is known as “the prisoner’s dilemma” - when 2 actors choose to protect themselves at the expense of the other, but end up worse off for it." - @LouDelBello


#6 - China, India and the prisoner’s dilemmaTime for India to let go of a nationalist approach to its energy transitionlightson.substack.com

June 12th 2020

115 Retweets426 Likes


Arvind Ravikumar @arvindpawan1

Important piece about the intersection of poverty, climate change, & the pandemic. Even if a vaccine becomes available, keeping it refrigerated across India to safely administer to a billion+ people is an enormous challenge. h/t @LouDelBello


#12 - The cost of keeping coolAnd the quest to bring a vaccine to every home in Indialightson.substack.com

July 17th 2020

4 Retweets7 Likes


Will Hall @WillHall92

V useful, concise briefing on India energy + climate news to start the week - can highly recommend Lights On briefing - India’s solar own-goal, China coal boom and more by @LouDelBello


Lights On briefing - India’s solar own-goal, China coal boom and moreWhat you need to know to start the weeklightson.substack.com

June 29th 2020

2 Retweets4 Likes


Ed King @edking_I

Inefficient, unreliable & expensive. Why is Modi banking on coal power to rescue India's economy? Good rundown of Delhi's dilemma in @LouDelBello's must-read newsletter


June 25th 2020

4 Retweets7 Likes

Thank you for taking the survey this week, it means a lot. From Monday, I am resuming the usual schedule so you can expect the news briefing in the morning.

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