U.P. Power Conclave witnesses discussions on future of power sector in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: To provide uninterrupted power supply to the state and 24×7 power supply to the consumers, to strengthen the state’s electricity system according to the future requirements and to achieve zero emission in carbon by the year 2030, on coal based generation plants. In order to reduce dependency and promote renewable energy for green energy, UP Power Conclave-2022 was organized  in Vibhuti Khand, SLDC campus of Vidyut. In this, representatives of reputed public and private sector companies of central and state government electricity participated and demonstrated new technology in the field of Energy Transition Emerging Renewal Technology, Thermal Capacity, Green Hydrogen, Biofuel, Bio CNG and Solar Energy, Distribution and Consumption.

A detailed discussion was held regarding experiments, line loss reduction, smart metering and experts gave their opinion and presented their presentations related to it.

State Energy and Urban Development Minister AK Sharma inaugurated the Power Conclave by lighting the lamp on the auspicious occasion of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav’. Addressing on the occasion, he said that this conclave would play an important role in meeting the energy needs of the state, towards clean energy and renewable energy. With this, the people of the state will get 24 hours high quality and hassle free power supply in the coming time. In this, the experts of the energy sector of the country and the state  expressed their opinion on the subject of electricity generation, distribution, transmission and alternative energy, which will be very useful. He said that modern technology would be used to strengthen the power system of the state and its benefits would be given to the people with complete transparency.

Energy Minister Shri AK Sharma said that the participation of representatives of energy sector from all over the country shows that the coming time is to improve the energy system of the state and bring it to a leading role in the country. He said that today electricity has become the basic need of the people. Electricity is bringing a significant change in the lives of people. Living life without electricity is no longer easy, the convenience of every citizen is attached to it. He said that if the consumption of energy increases in the state, then it will have an impact in the whole country and the world.

Energy consumption of our neighboring states is better than ours. While we consume 600 units per person per year, Gujarat is consuming 2400 units and the whole country is consuming 1200 units per capita. He said that efforts would be made to provide 24×7 uninterrupted power supply to the common citizens without any hindrance. Efforts will be made to reduce the line losses, which are currently 28 to 29 percent. He also asked to pay attention to revenue collection relative to power supply. Last month, revenue of Rs 5500 crore was collected, which was earlier being Rs 3800 crore. He said that the state was freed from darkness in the last five years. More than 1.21 lakh houses were illuminated and 1.43 crore new connections were given.

Minister of State for Power, Dr. Somendra Tomar said on this occasion that the State Government has done a lot of work in the field of energy in the last five years, which has been appreciated all over the country. To meet the energy needs of the most populous state, a robust system will have to be made using modern technology, in which this power conclave will play an important role. In this, efforts will be made to adopt the ideas presented by experts in the energy sector.

Additional Chief Secretary Energy  Avnish Kumar Awasthi said that the first priority of the Energy Department is to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers. At the same time, it is necessary to increase the revenue collection relative to the supply and strengthen the structure of the electricity system. There are many challenges in the field of electricity which can be of intermediate, medium and long term. He said that new policies would have to be implemented in this sector to meet the energy requirements and would help the state to achieve a $1 trillion economy in the next five years. He said that policy related to biofuel and solar energy would be brought soon and revenue collection has to be increased to Rs.60 thousand crore per month, so that the power system structure of the state could be strengthened.

Chairman, UP Power Corporation,  M. Devraj, in his welcome address to the conclave, said that the challenges for uninterrupted power supply are many. For this, capacity will also have to be increased with modern technology, so that people can serve electricity well. Some meaningful initiatives will emerge through this conclave. He said that very soon efforts would be made to provide uninterrupted power supply to Lucknow. According to the demand and supply, where 12000 units per consumer of electricity is being used in America, 600 units in our state, 1200 units across the country and 2400 units per consumer in Gujarat.

In UP Power Conclave, 06 sessions were organized on various topics related to electricity in which experts from the energy sector deliberated and assured that they would provide their full cooperation to meet the energy needs of the state. The first session of the conclave was inaugurated by  Alok Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Power,  Giridhar Aramane, Secretary, Ministry of Road and Shipping, Transport,  Tarun Kumar Advisor to the Prime Minister, Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi Secretary MNRE addressed virtually. In which it was said that line loss should be reduced, revenue collection should be increased, work should also be done for net zero emission.

Focus on renewable energy and reduce dependence on coal based production, improvement in transmission system, etc. were emphasized. He said that renewable energy is the future of the country. Green energy/hydrogen should be promoted in automobiles and transport. Also, work should be done in the field of solar, wind and hydro energy. He said that energy consumption in the field of transport, industry, agriculture, building and cooking will increase further.

The second session of the conclave was attended by  Gurudeep Singh, CMD, NTPC,  Manoj Kumar Rana, CEO, PFCCL,  AK Singhal, CEO, Railway,  Manish Gupta, ED, Railway Board,  PC Gupta, DGM, IOCL,  Akshima Ghate, MD, RMI, THDC. K GM Neeraj Verma expressed his views on Bio CNG, Biofuel, Green Hydrogen, Netmetering, Solar Rooftop, Solarization of Agriculture Feeder.

In the third session of the conclave, KVS Baba, CMD of POSCO, Gautam Rai, CMD of PGCIL,  K. Srikanth,  P. C. Garg of CTU expressed their views on modernization of power system, power transmission and regulatory reforms and said that line losses Advance technology should be used to reduce this and also one has to be vigilant on cyber security and digitization.

In the fourth session,  Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power,  Deepak Sinha and Dr. Gururaj Mirle Vishwanath, Advisor, IIT Kanpur,  Asmita Goyal, SML,  Brijesh Pandey, MD, Garun UAV,  Saurabh Singhal discussed Data Analysis, Smart Metering, Energy Efficiency. Use of new technology in increasing the development, expressed views on the breakdown management and gave his important suggestions.

In the fifth session of the conclave, Dr. Anoop Singh of IIT Kanpur,  Alok Verma of Amplus Solar,  Rohit Bajaj of IEX, Mr. Anupam Badhera of PTC,  Akhilesh Awasthi of HPEX,  Prabhajit Sarkar of PXIL discussed the current average rate and power market. expressed. Similarly, in the 6th session,  Shubranshu Patnaik of Deloitte, Varun Mehta of Torrent Power,  Sandeep Narang,  Ramandeep Singh of Mercados discussed on increasing private participation in the power sector, expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure and street assets.
MD Power Corporation  Pankaj Kumar presented vote of thanks at the closing ceremony of the UPpower conclave and said that the important ideas and suggestions received in the conclave would be implemented to strengthen the power system of the state. On this occasion, high officials of Power Corporation, MD Generation and Transmission  P.Guru Prasad, all the Managing Directors of Discoms and other expert representatives of the energy sector were present.

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