Top policymakers and regulators from the power and allied sectors from across the country will convene for the 17th Regulators and Policymakers Retreat (RPR 2016) at The Lalit Golf and Spa Resort in Goa from September 22-25, 2016,
Supported by the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, RPR 2016, a flagship event of the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI), aims to trigger out-of-the-box thinking by interspersing the intellectual and the esoteric with the day-to-day issues of the power sector to provoke thoughts and bring out creativity in the minds of policymakers and regulators.
The RPR is a platform for engaging with cerebral persons in the industry and across sectors. It has won for itself a position of distinction and has been recognized as a confluence of innovative and informative flow of ideas and knowledge.
The event spanning 3.5 days will include 10 sessions, 75 + speakers, 1 masterclass, 300 + participants, and 25 + awards.
The theme for this year is “India – Meeting the Aspirations?” The event looks at the aspirations of young Indians keeping in mind the ways of improving their living standards by benchmarking it to the western narrative of development. The ‘haves and have nots debate’ now has infected the entire population, thanks to the ever-increasing awareness amongst young India courtesy the information revolution. The retreat will go to the roots and examine the relevance, efficacy and practicability of the western developmental model in the Indian context.
Key topics of debates and deliberations include: Meeting the aspirations – Infinite desires and finite resources; coal and power surplus – what stops Indian consumers from getting 24x7 power?; transmission challenges and the way forward; smart India – smart energy, smart water, smart transportation, smart security; civil nuclear liability – impact on fresh investments, development and mainstreaming of nuclear power; the roadmap and the challenges for solar and wind; and environment: India to meet the energy demands of 1.25 billion people through a low carbon trajectory/strategy?
Some of the eminent participants confirmed so far are:
• Mr. Ajay Jain, Secretary (Energy), Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
• Mr. Ajoy Mehta, Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
• Mr. Anil Swarup, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Govt. of India
• Mr. Arun Goyal, Addl Secretary, Project Monitoring Group, Prime Minister’s Office
• Mr. Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Addl Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture
• Mr. Anand Kumar, Chairman, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission
• Mr. Damitha Kumarasinghe, DG, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka
• Mr. DS Bains, Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission
• Mr. Desh Deepak Verma, Chairman, Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission
• Mr. KP Singh, Member, Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission
Participants will also get to attend a master class by the IPPAI Regulatory and Policy Research Institute. This session will lay special focus on the regulatory aspects of the power sector and the way forward.
IPPAI with support from its Knowledge Partner, Deloitte, will organise the 5th edition of the IPPAI Power Awards on September 24, 2016. The Power Awards recognise and reward industry innovation and outstanding performance, and honour the top energy sector contributors throughout India.
The event will also see the launch of IPPAI’s knowledge document Powering India in 2017 and Beyond (published by Speaking Tiger Publishing), which sheds light on some of the key issues facing India’s power sector in particular and the energy sector in general.
News published on 30/08/2016 by Rashmi Nargundkar