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  • Power sector to focus on role of regulators and utilities for combating climate change

    3 February 2009

    To combat climate change, there is an urgent need to make concerted efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the Indian power sector by encouraging greater efficiency and use of renewable/cleaner sources of energy in the system in line with India's sustainable development priorities. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), in association with AFD (Agence Francaise de Developpement) organised a round table discussion titled 'Role of electricity regulatory commissions and utilities in addressing climate change issues' during DSDS 2009. Present on the occasion were Mr. Jerome Adam, Country Director for India, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), and Dr. R.K.Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

    Addressing the gathering, Mr. Jerome Adam, Country Director for India, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) said, “Role of regulators is essential to tackle climate change. AFD has come to India to finance projects in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency to combat climate change. Fossil fuel consumption can be reduced through three processes; a) applying technologies to increase energy efficiency, b) development of renewable energy and c) decreasing the consumption of energy in building sector etc."

    It is unequivocal that the earth's climate is warming and is, to a large extent, human induced. The main cause of this increasing threat to global environment is the increasing concentration of GHGs (greenhouse gases), especially CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the environment. The power sector is one of the largest contributors to the GHGs.

    Speaking on the role of power sector to cut emissions, Dr. R.K.Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said, "This is a very important issue in order to combat climate change as we need to sensitise institutions and regulators play an essential role. Two prominent initiatives can help in mitigation; a) electricity supply through low carbon mix and b) use of renewable energy. Adaptation measure is needed as we are experiencing scarcity of water and electricity can use water efficiently through devising tariffs, reusing and recycling water. These can be done through regulatory measures. Capacity building is necessary for analysis of climate change of a region and thus it is important to carry out studies under specific analysis."

    The presentations and discussions that followed focused on the regulatory framework for mainstreaming renewable energy sources, and demand side interventions and also on the role of electricity regulatory commissions and distribution utilities in addressing climate change and the way forward. Several eminent experts from India and abroad including Dr. Pramod Deo, Chairperson, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, Mr. Devender Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr. Robert Angioletti, Senior Energy Expert, ADEME, France, Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and senior officials from several regulatory commissions and distribution utilities shared their experience.

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