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Energy 2030 Blueprint Reaches India

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

On September 7, 2012, WGSI Forum Associate Vagish Sharma and India-based Jagurih Group hosted the Roundtable Workshop on Cleantech and India’s Vision in New Delhi. This conference gathered energy experts, policy makers and business leaders to explore the energy technologies needed to meet the country’s skyrocketing electricity demand. Much of their discussions built upon the Equinox Blueprint’s vision of a low-carbon electricity ecosystem.

As India’s economy continues to grow and modernize, meeting growing energy demand has become a key government priority. India is projected to increase its power generation capacity from the current 200GW to nearly 800GW by 2030. By 2050, the installed capacity requirement is expected to reach 1277GW, according to the International Energy Agency.

The country has already shown its struggle in keeping up. On July 30 and 31, 2012, India experienced the world’s largest blackout, leaving hundreds of millions of people in northern and eastern India without electricity. The magnitude of failure is a stark demonstration that meeting energy demand is critical to societal needs, and the failure of its operation could have swift, ugly and unpalatable ramifications. The electricity sector is a complex system that requires great resilience engineered from within. What is a viable pathway for the biggest democracy to build a sustainable and resilient energy future?

Ms. Sara Wilshaw, Senior Trade Commissioner of the High Commission of Canada to India inaugurated the conference. Dr. Promode Kant, Director of the Institute of Green Economy spoke about the future of the biomass sector in India. Mr. Padmanaban, Director of the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy highlighted the importance of advancing energy efficiency by teaming public and market policy. The workshop also investigated other subject matters such as R&D initiatives for clean energy options, green building, clean energy financing and so forth.

WGSI’s Vagish Sharma took the opportunity to present the Equinox Blueprint for all participants. He discussed the multidisciplinary and intergenerational process used at the Equinox Summit 2030, and the relevance and applicability of the five pillars of technological options from the Blueprint in the Indian context.

"To truly transform our economy, protect our security and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy," said Vagish, "And perhaps, the time to take a bold initiative on this is now arrived."

For presentation materials and white paper of the conference, please contact zchen[at]wgsi[dot]org.

 

Photo 1: Panel for the Roundtable Workshop on Cleantech and India’s Vision [Credit: Vagish Sharma]

Photo 2: WGSI Forum Associate Vagish Sharma (right) sharing the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030 with Ms. Sara Wilshaw, Senior Trade Commissioner of the High Commission of Canada to India (left) [Credit: Vagish Sharma]