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.

Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary, MNRE, lighting the ceremonial lamp at the inauguration of the New Delhi training programme. Standing next to her (from L to R) are Gaurav Bhatiani, Project Management Specialist, USAID and S Padmanabhan, Director, SARI-USAID.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
(from L to R) Pradip Vesvikar, Senior Fellow, Centre for Solar Energy, WISE, and L Radhakrishnan, Secretary to the Government of Kerala (Power and Ports) at the inaugural session of the Bangalore training programme.
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(from L to R) Prof. Sanjeev Ghotge, Senior Fellow, CPSR, WISE, and A Velayutham, Acting Chairman, MERC, at the inaugural session of the Mumbai training programme.
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A K Mishra, Sr. Advisor, Planning Commission, GoI, speaking at the inaugural session of the New Delhi programme. Seated (from L to R) are G M Pillai, Founder DG, WISE; Gaurav Bhatiani, Principal Energy Specialist, USAID; and Prof. Sanjeev Ghotge, Sr. Fellow, CPSR, WISE.
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Pravinbhai Patel, Member (Technical), GERC, lighting the ceremonial lamp at the inauguration of the Ahmedabad programme. Also seen, Prof. Sanjeev Ghotge, Sr. Fellow, CPSR, WISE.
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Chief Guest Dr Pramod Deo, Chairperson, CERC, speaking at the inaugural session of the Jaipur training programme. Also seen (from L to R) are Prof Sanjeev Ghotge, Senior Fellow, WISE, and Ajai Vikram Singh, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary, Ministries of New and Renewable Energy, and Defence, GoI.
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(From L to R) Pradip Vesvikar, Senior Fellow, WISE; B K Das, Chairperson, OERC; and Chinmaya Kumar Acharya, Dy. Director, USAID, at the inaugural session of the Bhubaneswar training programme.
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Dr S Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai, inaugurating the Chennai training programme. On his left is Pradyut Mukherjee, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
Dr S Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai, inaugurating the Chennai training programme. On his left is Pradyut Mukherjee, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
G M Pillai, Founder DG, WISE, delivering the Chief Guest’s address at the inauguration of the Pune programme. Seated on his right is Sanjeev Ghotge, Jt. Director (Research), WISE.