Mr. Anil Razdan, IAS Retd President India Energy Forum and Former Secretary Power, and Special Secretary and Additional Secretary Power and Natural Gas, Govt of India, while addressing the sixth Power Conference on Future of Tamil Nadu jointly organised by The Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) in association with India Energy Forum (IEF), at L & T Auditorium, Chennai on 5th October 2018, stated that, “Tamil Nadu is unique with its excellent mix of different sources of energy.”

He added that “Power is only one source of energy and we have to recognise the energy demand for mobility and become less reliant on oil. There is a need for an attitude transformation of regulators in improving the financial health of the power sector.”

Mr. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, President, MCCI and ED, Cognizant Technology Solutions in his welcome address lauded the turnaround of the power situation from deficit in 2013 to surplus power today, moving in the right direction. He added that future is electric and a proper roadmap for implementation is necessary.

Mr. Satyajit Suklabaidya, Asst.General Manager, iMACS, Mumbai, Knowledge Partner for this conference made a presentation on how the energy sector has moved significantly from 2013 to 2018.

Tamil Nadu has significant wind energy foot print, major portion of which is eligible for
repowering. He stated that with a robust automobile ecosystem, Tamil Nadu can steer on to electric vehicle space and benefit from the first mover advantage in attracting investments.

The Future of power is greatly dependent on the efficiency and sustainability of TANGEDCO. The signing of UDAY would further improve the financials with an estimated saving of Rs.2282 crore.

Mr. T.Shivaraman Past President, MCCI and Managing Director, Shriram EPC in his Special Address stated that, “As a country, we do not realise the implication of 100% electric power. 100% electric power will be driven by renewable source due to climate change and cost economics.

In future, the interconnected grid failures will make all our systems vulnerable. Hence the grid needs to be smarter and resilient for which, we need to start working today. Innovation and design needs to be in-house and planned for immediately, so as to not lose opportunities to neighbouring countries.”

The conference covered five detailed technical sessions on making power generation future ready, are electric vehicles the future, alternate source of energy, managing stressed assets and ensuring efficient financing and looking ahead through R & D for accelerating the power sector.

A few eminent speakers in these sessions included Mr. D. Venkatasubbiah- ED Thermal, NLC, Dr. S. Gomathinayagam, Former Director General NIWE & Mr. S. V. Srinivasan, General Manager, BHEL.