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Balawant Joshi’s thought-provoking session on “Evolving Trends in the Electricity Sector” on 23 May 2018 at Lucknow, Noida Campus, during the Leadership Talk Series (LTS) conducted by IIM-Lucknow to foster industry connect and relevance was a privileged and interactive experience to the students of International Program in Management for Executives (IPMX), the one-year full-time residential PG program.
With his rich and diverse experience, he emphasized on the challenges and innovation currently sweeping through the electricity sector of India. He delivered his viewpoint on disruptive technologies such as blockchain and its role in the energy sector. He highlighted the key business aspects of these technologies and featured the future of electricity market in the country.
Ajit Pandit delivered a training session on State Level Deviation Settlement Mechanism and F&S Framework – An Indian Experience on 02 May 2018 at IIT Kanpur Campus organised by IEX and IIT Kanpur. The objective of this program was to provide insights into the development of electricity markets in India. The residential course had been designed for Senior to Middle Level professionals from the industry and practitioners from the entire power sector spectrum.
In this session, Ajit Pandit emphasised the various stages of implementing deviation settlement mechanism and its objectives at state level. He also highlighted the regulatory development for introduction of F&S regime and central level development of F&S framework.
Ajit Pandit’s research paper on “Addressing Challenges for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in Indian Power System and Framework for Hybrid Renewable Energy Development” was selected to be presented at the International R&D Conclave organised by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) on 20-21 February 2018, in New Delhi. Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh inaugurated this two-day conference on “Emerging Opportunities and Challenges of R&D in Indian Power Sector”. The conference stressed upon the need of a dedicated R&D department in CEA to coordinate the research in the power sector. R. K. Singh congratulated all the researchers and awarded them with a certificate as a token of appreciation to encourage the efforts they have put in for improving the system.
The sessions focussed on Thermal, Hydro, Renewable, Transmission, Grid Operation, Distribution and Trading/Marketing and Tariff. Ajit Pandit’s research paper was presented in Trading/Marketing and Tariff session. His research paper covered key thematic issues, challenges and potential mitigation measures associated with large scale proliferation of renewable energy with specific focus on framework for hybrid renewable energy development.
Ajit Pandit delivered a presentation on Forecasting, Scheduling and Deviation Settlement Framework for Wind and Solar Generation at the Prayas Roundtable Meet organised by Prayas Energy Group on 21 August 2017 at World Trade Centre, Mumbai. The objective of this roundtable discussion is to deliberate on the various challenges around forecasting, scheduling and deviation settlement regulations for renewables and to understand the different perspectives of stakeholders.
In this presentation, he spoke about the regulatory issues and challenges in wind and solar, comparative analysis and implementation aspects for Forecasting and Scheduling Framework at the state level.
Balawant Joshi delivered a theme presentation on “Wind and Solar Energy Operating Together” during the WINDERGY INDIA 2017 International Conference on 26-27 April, 2017, New Delhi.
In this presentation, he spoke about RE proliferation along with the various options for addressing RE challenges and the strategies to improve RE integration.
Prodyut Mukherjee delivered a presentation on “Powering Indian Railways – 5 GW at 2025” in the Second Annual Conference on “Energy Needs of Indian Railways” organised by India Infrastructure on 06 and 07 April, 2017 at The Lalit, New Delhi.
In this presentation, he spoke about the strategy and progress of solar ground-mounted projects along with the challenges and key success factors.
Balawant Joshi delivered a presentation on “Odissa Renewable Energy Policy, 2016” at the Odissa RE Policy workshop held on 06 and 07 April 2017 in Bhubaneshwar.
In this presentation, he spoke about the objectives of Odissa Renewable Energy Policy, targets envisaged, grid-connected renewable energy projects and off-grid renewable energy applications along with the institutional mechanisms.
Idam has been supporting Government of Odisha (GoO) in the development of renewable energy for the state under World Bank funding. A national level workshop will be organised by Idam under the aegis of GoO and World Bank on 10 April 2017, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, with subsequent consultation meetings held in Mumbai and Delhi.
Prodyut Mukherjee delivered a presentation on “Powering Indian Railways: 5 GW by 2025” at the International Conference on Decarbonisation of Indian Railways – Mission Electrification held on 02 November 2016.
In this presentation, he spoke about the energy use in Indian railways along with the benefits to Indian railways.
Ajit Pandit delivered a presentation on “Developments in Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff and REC Market” at FOR’s 10th Capacity Building Program for officers of Electricity Regulatory Commission held on 14 October, 2016 organized by IIT-Kanpur, Noida.
In this presentation, he spoke about the evolution of RE, its legal and regulatory framework and emerging scenarios for the development of RE in India.
Ajit Pandit delivered a presentation on “Solar-Wind Hybrid Systems” on 22 September 2016 at the Indian Infrastructure conference, New Delhi.
In this conference, he spoke about the need and development of framework for wind-solar hybrids along with the issues and challenges to set up wind-solar hybrids.
Balawant Joshi delivered a presentation on “Solar Rooftops in India” during the ‘Global Summit on Smart Secure and Sustainable Cities’ held from 17-20 July 2016 in UK.
The Global Summit on Smart, Secure and Sustainable Cities is the summit where decision makers, industry and other stakeholders from around the world gathered to discuss the latest issues such as challenges, requirements, funding and innovative solutions in building Smart Cities. The main focus was on opportunities and challenges for international companies in India, areas where international organizations and businesses can contribute, bridging the urban-rural divide in the context of smart cities – water, transportation, infrastructure to name a few.
In this presentation, Balawant Joshi spoke about the evolution of solar sector in India, its development, challenges and proposed solutions to derisk investments in Renewable Energy.
The EQ Cleantech Finance Summit was held in New Delhi on July 29-30, 2015. In this Summit, Balawant Joshi spoke about the ‘Sectoral Risks in the Renewable Energy (RE) Projects’.
Ajit Pandit delivered a presentation on ‘Integrating Renewable Energy (Policy and Regulatory Support)’ during ‘Wind Energy Conference’ held on 01 February 2016.
In his presentation, he spoke about the growth of RE sector in India and the challenges in RE grid integration and mitigation services.
Mr. Balawant Joshi delivered a presentation on ‘Wind Vision 200 GW by 2032’ during “ConnectKaro” Event organized by World Resources Institute (WRI).
In his presentation, he spoke about the vision for wind sector in India and potential challenges/ barriers for implementation and solutions.
Views of Mr. Balawant Joshi on ´Wind Energy Forecasting and Scheduling in India´ published in ‘Indian Wind Power Magazine’
Views of Mr. Balawant Joshi
Mr. Ajit Pandit delivered presentation at IGEF session during Renewable Energy Expo India 2015 on 23 September 2015. Mr. Pandit spoke on ‘Repowering of Old Wind Power Projects in India’.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has published draft FIT Regulations for Wind Power & Solar Power (Utility Scale & Small Solar) prepared by Idam Infra on its website for public consultation. Idam Infra was involved in the preparation of this Regulation in consultation with BERC and Institute of Energy, Dhaka University.
Asia Regional Workshop on Strengthening Public Private Partnerships for Sustainable Electricity and Energy Efficiency
Mr. Balawant Joshi, Idam Infra moderated a session titled “Perspectives from the Private/Business Sector in Strengthening PPPs” in “Asia Regional Workshop on Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Electricity and Energy Efficiency” held at New Delhi during November 27-28, 2014. During his Opening Remarks, Mr. Joshi emphasised on the need to involve private sector in development of renewable energy, especially wind and solar sector in the country. He also explained various initiatives taken by the Government of India over last two decades and analysed success/failure of these initiatives.
Policy and Regulatory Challenges in Solar Power
Mr. Ajit Pandit delivered presentation at Inter Solar India Conference in Mumbai on 19 November 2014 on the topic “Policy and Regulatory Challenges in Solar Power”. Mr. Pandit spoke about Solar Power Market in India, Key drivers: National and State policy & regulatory initiatives and RPO Regulations: status update & limitation and its way forward.
Key Trends and Outlook of Indian Solar Market and Status of Solar RPO Compliance factors
“Mr. Ajit Pandit delivered presentation at Seventh Annual Conference – Solar Power in India: Progress, Potential; Issues and Opportunities organised by Indian Infrastructure in Delhi on 26 June 2014 on the topic “Key Trends and Outlook of Indian Solar Market and Status of Solar RPO Compliance factors. Mr. Pandit spoke about the evolution of solar power market, statutory framework of RPO, compliance and enforcement framework of RPO/SPO its issues and way forward etc. His presentation was highly appreciated by the experts/audience during the event.”
Innovative Business Model for Refurbishment of Distribution Transformers
Distribution Transformer is key equipment in the distribution sector. India has more than 4 million distribution transformers. It is estimated that significant losses occur in these distribution transformers. There is urgent need to improve efficiency of these transformers. Mr. Balawant Joshi, presented “Innovative Business Model for Refurbishment of Distribution Transformers” during the Conference on Power Distribution in India: Issues, Challenges, Strategies and Solutions. His presentation covered various issues such as quantity and quality of DTs, salient features of the installed DTs in India, the economic trend of losses in DTs, need for innovative business model and the Proposed Innovative Business Model for Refurbishment of DT (IBMRDT)
Regulatory Framework for Storage Micro grids
Mr. Balawant Joshi captivated the audience with his informative presentation on Regulatory Framework for Storage Microgrids during India’s 1st International Conference and Exhibition on Energy Storage and Microgrids in India in Mumbai in December 2013. Mr. Joshi, spoke about the rural electrification regulatory framework, the Off-Grid Distributed Generation Based Distribution Franchisee Model, the institutional and contractual structure and the advantages of this model etc which was well accepted by the experts during the event.
Qualitative Improvements in Manufacturing Practices of DT and Guidelines for Qualitative Improvement of DT Asset Management Practices of Utilities
At the International Conference cum Exhibition on “Innovative Quest for Transformer Technology for Efficient and Reliable Power, Mr. Balawant Joshi, presented the key factors behind the failure of the DTs. His presentation on “Qualitative Improvements in Manufacturing Practices of DT and Guidelines for Qualitative Improvement of DT Asset Management Practices of Utilities” suggested changes that need to be implemented by transformer manufacturers and utilities to improve quality of distribution transformers in the country.