- Gabrielle Kuiper – DER Expert, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)
- Vibhuti Garg – Energy Economist, Lead India, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)
- Heymi Bahar – Lead Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
- Shailendra Shukla – Ex-Chairman, Chhattisgarh State Power Companies; Ex-Chairman, Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency; Ex-Director & CEO, Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency
- Mudit Jain – Head-Research, Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd.
- Ashwini K. Swain – Fellow, Centre for Policy Research
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About this Webinar
This panel will discuss the role of distributed energy resources in meeting India’s energy transition goals, as proposed by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). IEEFA has recently completed a study that looks at what India can learn from the Australian experience of integrating distributed energy resources (DER). The study suggests how India can leapfrog into a system where DER is central, planned for and taken advantage of, driving deflation and sustainable energy for all. It claims that India has the opportunity to plan for the combination of rooftop solar with storage - both small-scale batteries and electric vehicles.
Drawing on rich experience of our panellists on Indian as well as global experience with DER, we aim to explore the opportunities and challenges of prioritising DER in India’s 21st century energy system, and possible way forward.
About the India Energy Transition Dialogues
India is poised to play an important role in the 21st century global energy system. The third largest energy consumer is projected to account for the largest increase in energy demand of any country worldwide over the next two decades. Simultaneously, by setting ambitious renewable energy (RE) targets – 175 GW by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030 – the country has placed itself at the forefront of the global energy transition. Meeting this energy demand and achieving the renewable energy targets will require a fundamental transition in India’s electricity, in the ways electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed.
India’s ambitious RE target is an important signal of its intent to undertake multiple profound transitions. RE offers the promise of low-cost power, which, if realised, would bring gains for the financial viability of the sector and for meeting its welfare obligations. Simultaneously, the new RE technologies provide various other co-benefits including better environmental quality, a lower trade deficit and others. But the transition to RE is not straightforward. It has technical, economic, and political dimensions that will need to be addressed adequately before one can imagine a massive substitution of the conventional technologies with the new ones. It will require unwinding the lock-in to conventional energy technologies, managing the transaction costs, and addressing the techno-economic challenges. This will, in turn, require multiple complementary pathways and reshape the configuration of technology, institutions and politics in India’s energy sector.
In this backdrop, the Centre for Policy Research is convening a series of dialogues to explore different but complementary paths to meet India’s 21st century energy goals. India Energy Transition Dialogues, a series of curated bi-weekly webinars, will discuss different pathways proposed by think tanks/research groups working on specific pieces of India’s energy transition puzzle. To check the schedule and register for other webinars in the series, click here.