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India’s energy access challenge in focus at Mint’s Energyscape

Union minister Raj Kumar Singh will outline his vision for the country’s energy sector at the Mint’s Energyscape. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint )Premium
Union minister Raj Kumar Singh will outline his vision for the country’s energy sector at the Mint’s Energyscape. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint )

  • The event will focus on India’s emerging green economy and plans to meet its climate change commitments
  • With the global economy going through a tough spot, India needs to attract investments for its renewable energy programme

India’s power and new and renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh will outline his vision for the country’s energy sector, as he delivers the keynote address at the Mint’s Energyscape on Monday.

This year’s Mint’s Energy Conclave is focusing on India’s emerging green economy and how it is reordering the country’s energy mix to meet its climate change commitments. The marquee event comes against the backdrop of India looking to position itself as an alternative manufacturing destination for global companies after the coronavirus outbreak.

Mint’s Energyscape will be attended by thought leaders and experts who will deliberate on these issues for ensuring reliable and uninterrupted power supply to households, at a time of government’s focus on improving energy access and India’s growth imperatives. The conclave will also seek to generate answers to the challenges in meeting the emerging energy needs of India.

Under the leadership of Singh, India is running what will become the world’s largest clean energy programme with the aim of achieving 175GW of clean energy capacity by 2022 as part of its global climate change commitments. With the global economy going through a tough spot, India needs to attract investments for its renewable energy programme.

From ensuring the success of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya), which has provided the architecture for India’s energy shift, to boosting generation from underutilized power plants, Singh is now working on reforms to instil financial discipline at state-owned electricity distribution companies (discoms).

“We are coming up with a completely new paradigm," said Singh, who has had an exhaustive administrative experience during his years in the government as an IAS officer and as India’s former home secretary. This year’ conclave is being held at a time when India aims to cut electricity losses to below 12% through a proposed distribution reform scheme.

Besides Singh, who is also the minister of state in the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, Mint’s Energyscape will have two panel discussions on Conventional Energy and Clean Energy.

The panel on Conventional Energy will feature Shashi Shanker, chairman and managing director, Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd; Rajeev Sharma, chairman and managing director, Power Finance Corp. Ltd; Debasish Mishra, partner, Deloitte India; Reji Kumar Pillai, president, India Smart Grid Forum and chairman, Global Smart Grid Federation and Akshay Jaitly, partner, Trilegal.

The second panel, on Clean Energy, will have Anand Kumar, secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy; Upendra Tripathy, director general, International Solar Alliance; Dr. R.B. Grover, member, Indian Atomic Energy Commission; Amplus founder and managing director Sanjeev Aggarwal; Amit Jain, senior energy specialist, World Bank; and Neeraj Menon, partner, Trilegal.

The panel discussions will be moderated by Mint’s Utpal Bhaskar.

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