Policy makers, union and state ministers and other politicians, regulators, domestic and global industry across the energy sectors will get together at the 17th edition of the Regulators and Policymakers Retreat being organised by Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) from September 22–25, 2016 in Goa.
Supported by the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, RPR 2016 is a flagship event of the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) that 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.
A platform for engaging with cerebral persons in the industry and across sectors, the RPR of IPPAI 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, over 75 speakers and 300 participants besides 25 plus awards.
Some of the eminent participants at the RPR would include Uma Bharti, Union Minister for Water Resources, Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution, Arun Goyal, Addl Secretary, Project Monitoring Group, Prime Minister‟s Office, Dr. AK Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Sanjay Krishna, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Ajay Jain, Secretary (Energy), Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Sukesh K. Jain, Secretary (Power), Govt. of NCT of Delhi.
The regulators would include Anand Kumar, Chairman, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission, Damitha Kumarasinghe, DG, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, DS Bains, Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, Desh Deepak Verma, Chairman, Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission, KP Singh, Member, Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission besides others.
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 bench marking 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 24×7 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?
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 also be organising 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.