Under the aegis of the Ministry of Power (MoP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), WISE conducted training programmes focused on regulatory and policy issues aimed at market development of renewables under the Distribution Reforms Upgrades and Management (DRUM) programme. Titled ‘Regulatory and Policy Framework for Market Development of Renewable Energy’, the programme was specifically designed for personnel from regulatory commissions, state departments, state nodal agencies, state utilities, financial institutions and developers in the RE field.
The two-day training programme was free-of-cost for government officials and covered varied topics ranging from introduction to RE technology and performance, grid integration challenges, to overview of RE policies and regulation in the context of international best practices, covered by senior faculty from WISE and other external experts.
Over a three-year period, from 2008-2010, WISE conducted 22 training programmes (8 programmes in 2008-09 and 14 programmes in 2009-10) across 14 states covering over four thousand delegates representing senior officials from state regulatory commissions, state department officials, senior utility engineers, bankers and personnel from semi-government institutions. All the programmes received positive feedback and were highly valued by the participants. The success of this series of trainings programmes encouraged WISE to develop its own training programmes and workshops.