WEC India Studies

WEC India is currently undergoing a transformation to assume newer and greater roles relevant to the Indian Energy Sector in line with the recast vision" to be the foremost energy think tank in the country and voice of the sector". Policy Advocacy based on research is identified as one of the key work programs.

Member Organisations have an opportunity to nominate experts from their organization in the global study groups of WEC. Presently more than 30 experts represent WEC India in WEC studies.These studies include Surveying Energy Resources and Technologies, assessment of national energy policies across the world and exploring possible global energy futures and analysing critical uncertainties.

WEC India has undertaken several projects in partnership with member organisation to deepen its understanding of the issues of the energy sector and share the learnings with the stakeholders. While the main focus of WEC India remains "Policy Research & Advocacy" , it has begun participating in energy projects to gather firsthand information and experience. First such initiative is Energy Poverty Alleviation(EPA) project through Decentralised Distributed Generation route. Energy Access figures as an agenda with most of the member organisations and is a Government priority as well. WEC India is also planning to take up demonstration projects.

 

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). The study is being carried out in professional partnership with PwC. The final report is nearing completion.

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Energy Poverty Alleviation

Energy Access (EA) forms one of the  core pillars of WEC & WEC India. Energy Poverty has been the cause of concern and centre of discussions on various forums world over decades.Around  400 million people have no access to electricity. Addressing the need of these people who are potential customers for energy access is a challenge for providing sustainable business model for energy access. In this initiative the effort is to create a framework for self sustaining off grid electrification programme through entrepreneurship based model in public private partnership mode with seeking assistance  from all possible corners including Corporate Social Responsibility etc.

As a part of the Asia Regional Plan, WEC India had initiated a study on "Sustainable Energy  Poverty Alleviation for Asia" in 2009-10. Later it evolved into a global study on "Energy Access" and a knowledge network on "Village Inventory".

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Energy Dimension of Disaster Management

WEC India conducted this study and published the report in 2007. The report was released on the occasion of the WEC India's mega energy event – India Energy Congress 2007. The report was presented at the Executive Assembly of WEC at Tallinn in September 2006. The report was highly appreciated and similar exercise is proposed to be replicated by other member committees. The report views the energy needs and energy management in disaster management with case studies from across the globe providing learning for the future.

Sustainable development of Energy Sector in Delhi beyond 2010

In 2010, New Delhi hosted the third largest multi-sporting event in the world, the Commonwealth.

In the backdrop of the Games, WEC-IMC conducted a Study on the development strategy for the Commonwealth Games to document investments in stocks, buildings, infrastructure and services.

The study also sought to highlight the efforts in executing plans in an environment friendly manner and with a focus on long term sustainability of the infrastructure so created adding to sustainable growth of the City of Delhi. This was also seen as an opportunity to showcase the efforts of city to the world community.

Energy Access through Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy

Energy Access is about making accessible to the common man electricity, heat, or other forms of energy. Often referring to the situation of people in the developing world, lack of energy access also implies any quality of life issues relating to this lack of access. The rural parts of the country still remain largely devoid of an efficient power infrastructure. Research and policy implementation at this level can strengthen the power position of the country at the ground level.

The 'Initiative on Sustainable Energy Access (ISEA)' was formed by PFC in association with WEC India with resourceful members from companies and organizations related to power and energy. The preparation of the report was coordinated by Technofin Consultants Pvt. Limited based on inputs provided by the members of the Core Group constituted for Initiatives for Sustainable Energy Access.

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Transmission and Distribution System in India

A study "Transmission and Distribution in India" was undertaken by WEC India in partnership with PGCIL. This report brings out the lags in Transmission and Distribution Sector in India. This study also comes out with identification of best practices in transmission  leading to greater efficiency in the bulk power system, an increase in system utilization and a reduction in system losses that would otherwise flow to the end user. Reducing T&D losses will allow utilities to generate less power and thereby lower the industry’s carbon footprint.

Power distribution is the final and most crucial link in the electricity supply chain and, unfortunately, the weakest one in the country. It assumes great significance as the segment has a direct impact on the sector's commercial viability, and ultimately on the consumers who pay for power services. The sector has been plagued by high distribution losses (30% overall) coupled with theft of electricity, low metering levels and poor financial health of utilities with low cost recovery.