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Energy | April 2012

Power reforms needed, say experts at Power Today meet

  The two-day 3rd Power Today Conference was  held in Delhi on 20-21 March on the theme Restructuring India's power sector: New Open Access, equipment import duty and scaling the SEB hurdle.

Conference chair Dr Pramod Deo, Chairperson and Chief Executive, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), provided a policy and regulation update on the sector and said private participation in the power sector private sector participation has a key role to play in the power sector and the growth story of India as a whole.One of the major thrust areas of the Electricity Act was to encourage private investment in generation, revealed that the private sector added 4,301 MW between April and October 2011, more than that by Central and state sector utilities put together in the same period. "Private sector investments have been fuelling the generation sector despite the ever-growing problems of fuel shortages and funding woes," Deo observed adding further, "Financial viability of discoms is increasingly becoming a matter of concern for investments in power generation.

Power sector reforms at the state level are the need of the hour: There is an urgent need to undertake to undertake tariff revisions on a regular basis, ensure tariff adequacy and rationalise tariffs."On trading and power exchanges Deo remarked that the prices in the short term market have seen a downward trend since the inception of power exchanges.


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