“Today India is in a situation where surplus power to the tune of 3,000-4,000 mw is available on real time basis at any time of the day to states and ...
“Today India is in a situation where surplus power to the tune of 3,000-4,000 mw is available on real time basis at any time of the day to states and distribution companies and at affordable rates on the power exchange.”
What is keeping you busy these days? Currently, what are the main focus areas of operation for IEEMA?
I am both delighted and honored to lead IEEMA to its next stage of development and growth. The work done over the years by our Past Presidents particularly my predecessor is unprecedented. Today, IEEMA’s contribution is not only confined to the boundaries of the Indian Electrical Industry. Our Conferences, Events & of course ELECRAMA continues to attract the very best and the biggest from around the world. It is therefore no surprise, that IEEMA is now recognized as one of the most prestigious apex bodies in the country. I intend on continuing this process, our main aim is to look after and hear all 850 members and work together with each one for continued growth of the industry and of our business, shape policies and ensure the industry understand the importance of ‘Green Solutions’, which in turn will not only benefit us but the nation as a whole.
My focus this year will lie on our members, particularly those at the stage of development through quality and commitment to the environment and to ensure that our business has a much larger global influence and footprint than it does today by increasing our exports and tech know how.
The power sector is going through a major transformation and reform in the distribution and rural electrification space. How does this transformation impact the power sector?
Today India is in a situation where surplus power to the tune of 3,000-4,000 mw is available on real time basis at any time of the day to states and distribution companies and at affordable rates on the power exchange. The ease of getting power at affordable rates comes on the back of focussed reforms unleashed by the Modi government over the past three years in the power sector, Within three years, India’s total power capacity has increased by nearly one third (31% or an addition of 76,577 MW) from 243GW in March 2014 to 320 GW in Mar 2017 and the conventional or coal based power capacity (which is the mainstay of the country’s overall power capacity) has increased by 26% (one fourth) from 214 GW in Mar 2014 to 270 GW in Mar 2017.
The Policy initiatives of Power Ministry like Coal Auction, Renewable policies for Generation; Schemes like IPDs, DDUGJY etc, for T&D has helped the sector. Also support from government through procurement policies, more capital in-flows domestically and Increased Competitiveness of Indian manufacturers Viz-a-viz imports thereby reducing imports in some sectors.
How do you see the issue of cheaper imports of electrical equipment, especially from China? Why are Indian suppliers not able to compete and growing here and globally?
Imports of Chinese electrical equipment across all sectors should not be encouraged, particularly where the equipment are intelligent and have embedded electronics. Such intelligent equipment in the power system will pose a potential risk of sabotage and examples of such incidents are very many across the world. With over 40% over capacity, the Indian manufacturers are capable of meeting the demands of the power sector indigenously.
How do you visualize the evolution of India to THE NEXT INDIA?
A lot of smart technologies are being developed to ensure that the traditional thermal generation, the transmission and also the intermittent renewable in different parts of the country can be integrated into the grid. A lot of smart technologies are being deployed and can be expect a good uptick. A capital expenditure of Rs. 2.6 trillion (Rs. 1.0 trillion in substation and Rs. 1.6 trillion in transmission lines) is foreseen in transmission and distribution sector during the 13th Five-Year Plan. In terms of volume 62,800 ckm of transmission lines and 128,000 MVA of transformation capacity will be needed during this period. Considering the same, the outlook for the transmission sector for the next 5-7 years is bright. The estimated private sector investments in T&D is expected to reach Rs. 3 trillion by 2019 including government support of Rs. 1 trillion through DeenDayalUpadhyay Gram JoyotiYojana (DDUGVY) and the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS).
Kindly tell us about the ELECRAMA 2018 edition? What is your mantra of successfully organising ELECRAMA exhibition of this huge scale?
ELECRAMA 2018 this time will undergo a complete digital transformation and will be full of surprises for all the visitors, exhibitors and stakeholders. ELECRAMA 2018 will have five days of exhibition starting from 10th – 14th March, 2018 at IEML Noida. We will showcase new discussion forums and will have people from various related segments across the globe marking their presence for the first time. 30-40% of the audience will be from segments which were never present on this forum before like Power Electronics, Electro-Mobility and Power Storage. In addition to the World Utility Summit ELECRAMA 2018 has also introduced the World Contractors Consultants and Channel Partners Congress (W4C), where representatives from across the world will integrate and build relations with the Indian supplier segment. Global Electrical Equipment Manufacture’s Summit (GEMS), a global platform will be created for the first time for the electricity equipment manufacturing sector to engage and collaborate to strengthen the industry roots further. A fresh and progressive step in this year’s ELECRAMA is also including the young generation in this age old industry through E-Tech Next. It is a start up pavilion being introduced for the first time in association with TIE and NASSCOM. Through ELECRAMA 2018 we aim to give new direction and new meaning to ‘electricity’. It will not be a mere Exhibition, but we promise it to be an EXPERIENCE.
“Through ELECRAMA 2018 we aim to give new direction and new meaning to ‘electricity’. It will not be a mere Exhibition, but we promise it to be an EXPERIENCE.”
“A lot of smart technologies are being developed to ensure that the traditional thermal generation, the transmission and also the intermittent renewable in different parts of the country can be integrated into the grid