SEMINAR ON SMALL WIND AND HYBRID SYSTEMS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

SEMINAR ON SMALL WIND AND HYBRID SYSTEMS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

WISE organised a two-day comprehensive seminar on ‘Small Wind and Hybrid Systems’ in October 2011 in WISE. The programme covered the basic principles, technology, range of applications, system designing and engineering, financial viability and analysis, and government policy and incentives available for the small wind sector. Besides WISE’s in-house faculty, experts from the industry, academia and government agencies conducted sessions at the programme.

The dialogue on small wind in India was initiated by WISE way back in 2009, when it organised a first-of-its-kind brainstorming seminar ‘Small Wind Turbines and Wind-Solar Hybrid Systems’ in Pune on 23 May 2009. The seminar was held under the aegis of MNRE, and was aimed at market expansion of small wind and hybrid systems. Senior MNRE officials and representatives from state nodal agencies, various stakeholders and manufacturers from the small wind industry, entrepreneurs, etc., participated in the meet and deliberated on the current MNRE scheme for small wind and hybrid systems. Based on the vast and diverse experience of the participants, suitable and implementable measures were suggested for incorporation in the MNRE scheme.

Seminar On Small Wind and Hybrid Systems Opportunities And Challenges
(From L to R) GM Pillai, Founder DG, WISE; Gauri Singh, Jt. Secy, MNRE; and K P Sukumaran, former Advisor MNRE, at the ‘Brainstorming Session on Small Wind Turbines and Hybrid Systems’ held in Pune.
RE Regulation India 2010

RE Regulation India 2010

To undertake an independent, knowledge-based review of the existing regulations for renewable energy, WISE organized the first-of-its-kind conference on renewable regulation called ‘RE Regulation India 2010’ on 4th and 5th February 2010 at Le Meridien, Pune.

The inaugural session was attended by top regulators and RE players including Dr. PramodDeo, Chairperson, CERC; V P Raja, Chairperson, MERC; B K Das, Chairperson, OERC; Tulsi Tanti, CMD, Suzlon Energy Limited; Ajai Vikram Singh, Former Secretary, MNRE; V Subramanian, Former Secretary, MNRE and Secretary General, InWEA; and G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE. In the keynote address, Dr. Pramod Deo highlighted the various initiatives taken by CERC and appreciated WISE’s effort in initiating a dialogue in the regulatory space.

The conference was attended by over 200 delegates that included senior representatives from MNRE, state regulatory commissions, renewable industry professionals, senior government policy makers, utility managers, financiers, representatives from power generation companies and consultants. The conference discussed a wide range of topics such as RE technology development, RE connectivity and transmission, RE-based micro-generation and regulation, etc.

The conference ended with a highlight of the key takeaways that included specific actions required such as the preparation of a regulatory roadmap for achieving targets under the National Solar Mission, regulation design for RE-based micro-grids and the potential to include small scale off-grid systems under the REC mechanism.

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Climate change India 2008

Climate change India 2008

WISE organized the first-of-its-kind conference on climate change, ‘Climate Change India 2008’, on 22-23 April 2008 at Le Meridien, Pune.

Eminent environmentalist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Founder, Navdanya, inaugurated the conference in the presence of Ajai Vikram Singh, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Chairman of the Climate Advisory Council of WISE, and G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE. One of the highlights of the conference was a panel discussion on the theme paper ‘Way Forward to realise New Policies’ prepared by WISE. The panellists comprised Dr. Vandana Shiva; Dr. Pramod Deo, Chairman, CERC; V Subramanian, Secretary, MNRE and Prof. Sudhir Chellarajan, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. The panellists were highly supportive of the recommended policy measures and actions proposed in the theme document and appreciated the efforts taken by WISE to work on positive policy actions in the climate change space. WISE also felicitated six eminent IPCC report authors for their contribution in preparing the IPCC report.

The conference was attended by over 100 delegates that included an eclectic mix of researchers, academicians, policy makers, industry chieftains, renewable energy industry representatives, finance and insurance sector professionals, and social activists. The conference received widespread media coverage both in national and local newspapers.

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Wind India 2008

Wind India 2008

WISE organized the second edition of Wind India titled ‘Wind India 2008’ from 25th to 26th November 2008 at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai. The success enjoyed by the first edition, ‘Wind India 2006’, resulted in a spurt of international participants with senior level representatives from over 15 Danish and European majors attending the conference cum exhibition.

The chief guest, Dr. Pramod Deo, Chairman, CERC, inaugurated the conference in the presence of industry stalwarts like Dr. Andrew Garrad, CEO and Founder, Garrad Hassan Group, UK; Hans Jorgen Koch, Deputy State Secretary, Danish Energy Agency, Denmark; Chetan Mehra, MD, Weizmann Limited, Mumbai; Ramesh Kymal, Chairman, Organizing Committee and MD, Vestas Wind Technology Pvt. Ltd., Chennai; and G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE.

WISE continued the practice of awards presentation from its first edition aimed at recognizing and encouraging players from the best performing sectors in 11 different categories. There were over 40 speakers representing national and international interests at the conference including senior officials from MNRE, Government of India, policy makers, regulators and senior academicians. More than 400 delegates and over 55 exhibitors including wind turbine manufacturers, equipment suppliers, service providers, investors, financiers, technology consultants, regulators and media were present at the conference.

The conference included side events such as the Indo-Danish Business Meet organized by the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Chennai, and MNRE, Government of India. The Business Meet focused on mutual cooperation for developing CDM and business opportunities and wind forecasting in India. Another topical side event was “Testing and Certification of Wind Turbines in India’ also organized by C-WET.

The conference generated significant international attention, helping the Indian wind sector to forge new business relations and promote local manufacturing.

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Solar India 2007

Solar India 2007

Recognizing the potential of solar energy to become the strategic choice for India, WISE organized a two-day National Conference and Exhibition on solar energy, the first-pf-its-kind, way back in July 2007 at NIMHANS, Bangalore. This was way before the launch of the national solar mission (NSM), at a time when the installed solar PV capacity in the country was miniscule – in the sub-MW range.

The conference was supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), all major state nodal agencies and industry partners. Dr. Hermann Scheer, world-renowned solar expert and President of EUROSOLAR Association was the keynote speaker and V Subramanian, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) presided over the inaugural session. The Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India, Vilas Muttemwar, was the Chief Guest at the valedictory session. The minister launched the conference’s publication ‘Proposed Policy Roadmap for Solar Energy Development in India’. The conference was attended by over 150 delegates and 30 exhibitors from the solar sector including solar equipment manufacturers, investors, financiers, component suppliers, technology consultants, policy makers, regulators and media.

The conference emphasized the need to mainstream solar PV as a strategic energy source and advocated the importance of enabling a policy and regulatory mechanism including measures like RE law, feed-in-tariffs for solar PV, manufacturing incentives, etc. The conference acted as a stepping stone in precipitating significant interest in solar energy and provided the necessary foundation for facilitating future policy actions focused on solar energy in India.

Solar India 2007
Dr Hermann Scheer (second from right), Chief Guest, ‘Solar India 2007’, lighting the ceremonial lamp at the inauguration of the conference. Seen along with him are (R to L) G M Pillai, Director General, WISE; V Subramanian, Secretary, MNRE, GoI; P Jayakumar, Organising Secretary, ‘Solar India 2007’.
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Vilas Muttemwar (second from right), Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, GoI, releasing the ‘Proposed Policy Roadmap for Solar Energy Development in India’. Seen along with him are (L to R) V Subramanian, Secretary, MNRE, GoI; Ajai Vikram Singh, Former Secretary, MNRE, and Ministry of Defence, and G M Pillai, Director General, WISE.
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Vilas Muttemwar, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, GoI, at the ‘Solar India 2007’ exhibition. Also seen (to his right) is Dr B Shivalingaiah, MD, KREDL.
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Vilas Muttemwar, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, GoI, interacting with participants at the ‘Solar India 2007’ exhibition.
An Renewable Energy Law for India

An Renewable Energy Law for India

In 2006, WISE developed the first-of-its-kind Renewable Energy Law for India in collaboration with its legal consultant, the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. As part of its advocacy campaign, WISE organised three major seminars. The first one-day seminar was held in collaboration with the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre and inaugurated by Vilas Muttemwar, Hon. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Govt. of India, on 25 August 2005 in New Delhi. The seminar resulted in the constitution of a Working Group comprising eminent experts under the able chairmanship of Dr Pramod Deo, Chairman, MERC, to pursue advocacy of the law for adoption by Parliament. The first meeting of the Working Group was held on 14 December 2005 at MERC, wherein an action plan for advocacy of the RE law for the period May 2006 to April 2007 was chalked out.

After the first seminar in August 2005 which spearheaded the R.E. Law movement in India, two more national seminars were held in 2007. The second seminar was organised in March 2007 in New Delhi, and the third was held on 24 August 2007 in Chennai. Supported by the Vienna-based ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership’ (REEEP) and its Renewable Energy and International Law (REIL) project, the seminar sought to critique the model R.E. law, seek more suggestions and tie up loose ends, so as to amend the draft law appropriately before submitting it to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India. Senior members from the government, renewable energy industry, academia, NGOs, etc., participated in this interactive seminar.

Several mainline newspapers came forward to support WISE’s initiative and spread the renewable energy word amongst the masses through hard-hitting editorials and articles.

In August 2007, the draft Model R.E. Law was formally submitted to the Hon. Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Vilas Muttemwar, and the Secretary, MNRE, V Subramanian, by Dr Pramod Deo, Chairman, MERC and Chairman of the R.E. Law Working Group, and G M Pillai, Member Secretary, R.E. Law Working Group and Director General of WISE.

An RE Law for India
(From Lto R) Paul Curnow, Representative, REEEP/ REIL; V Subramanian, Secretary, MNRE, Gol, and G M Pillai, DG, WISE at the inaugural session of the one-day seminar on ‘Towards a Renewable Energy Law for India’ held on 16 March 2007 in New Delhi.
An RE Law for India