Knowledge Networks (KNs)

WEC India has constituted ‘Knowledge Networks’ (KNs) to leverage the expertise available across the sector. Global experience of WEC in this aspect was drawn upon. The KNs facilitate experts to come together across organizational and disciplinary boundaries to collaborate productively.

KN on Energy Scenarios-‘Demand side forecasting methodologies’ with the objective of critically examining the current energy demand assessment/forecasting methodologies and suggesting an alternate bottom up approach. This KN is being led by Mr. Rakesh Nath, Former Chairperson, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and the study undertaken on ‘Electricity Demand side forecasting methodologies’ has been concluded.

Electric Mobility

Electric Mobility has been looked upon as key strategy to (i) reduce India’s energy dependency on imported hydrocarbons (ii) reduce India’s CO2 emissions as per commitments under COP 21 and (iii) reduce pollution in its major cities. 

In its initial review, WEC India had observed that the introduction of e-Mobility in India was slow due to the following reasons:

(i)  The cost of e-vehicles was much higher than equivalent ICE Vehicles. This was largely due to poor economies of scale coupled with high levels of customs and GST on key imported components.

(ii)  Matching charging  infrastructure had not been planned in a coordinated way.

(iii)  Standardization was poor, based on obsolete technologies. Investors were afraid of investing in infrastructure that could soon be rendered infructuous. There was a tendency to copy Chinese standards rather than follow global standards based on current technologies.

(iv) Incentives were given to vehicle manufacturers rather than incentivize indigenous manufacturing of key components and allow market transparency and competition.