Contributions & Recognition

  • Convener Transport Working Group, of The Expert Group appointed by The Planning Commission in 2010, to work out the ‘Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth’
  • Member, World Bank Expert Committee to review West Bengal Power Sector Reforms (2008)
  • Member, ‘Working Group on Power’ for formulation of XIth five year plan for the National Planning Commission of India (2006-07)
  • Member, Expert Group, convened by Secretary of Power (Government of India) to seek radical policy suggestions (2006)
  • Member Expert Group on “Financing access to basic utilities for all” formed by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in cooperation with the Financing for Development Office, June 2006.
  • Member, Expert Committee appointed by The Supreme Court of India for evaluating ‘Waste to Energy projects from Municipal Solid Waste’, appointed through Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources (2005-06)
  • Member, Central Advisory Committee of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (India), since 1998 till date
  • Member, State Advisory Committee of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, since 1999 till date
  • Member, ‘Consultative Group on Power & Energy’ of Planning Commission for review of energy sector performance in the Xth plan
  • Member, Advisory Committee, ADB Policy Research Network to strengthen policy reforms - Infrastructure Development for Poverty Reduction: Priorities, Constraints and Strategies (2004-05)
  • Member, Western Regional Energy Committee Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) (2003 and 2004)
  • Member Advisory Committee, Distribution Reforms Upgrade Management (DRUM) program of Government of India and USAID (2003)
  • Member, Study Group on Benefits of Sardar Sarovar Dam Project, Government of Maharashtra (2001)
  • Member, Task Force to review Narmada Dams, Government of M.P. (1998)
  • Member, International team of civil society to review status of rehabilitation of project affected persons at by Coal mines and Thermal plants at Singrauli (UP) (1995)

  • Girish Sant, Narasimha Rao, Sudhir Chella Rajan, (2009) “An overview of Indian Energy Trends: Low Carbon Growth and Development Challenges”, Prayas, September 2009.
  • Electricity Supply Monitoring Initiative (ESMI) –First initiative by civil society to monitor quality of electricity supply – a pilot can be seen at
  • “A Critical Review of Performance of Delhi’s Privatized Distribution Companies and the Regulatory Process”. Prayas Occasional Report – 1/2006. Prayas (May 2006)
  • “A Good Beginning but Challenges Galore” Prayas (2003)
  • “Bujagali Power Purchase Agreement – An Independent Review”, Prayas (2002)
  • “Regaining Rationality through Democratization: A Critical Review of MDBs Power Sector activities in India”, Prayas (1999)
  • Girish Sant, Shantanu Dixit, and Subodh Wagle “The Enron Controversy: Techno-Economic Analysis and Policy Implications” Prayas (June-1995).
  • Amulya Reddy, Girish Sant “Power from Sardar Sarovar Dam: An inefficient Plan” (1994): ‘Hindu Survey of Environment’.

  • Know your power - Citizens’ Primer on the Electricity Sector, Prayas (2006): This handbook on electricity sector covers the interdisciplinary aspects of power sector. It covers technical, economic, system operation as well consumer and legal issues. This 250 page book has been translated to Marathi and is being translated into Kannada and Thai.
  • Girish Sant and Shantanu Dixit “Towards an Efficient and Low Cost Power Sector” (September-1998). Paper prepared for the report of the Task Force constituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh for evaluating the alternatives to the Narmada Valley Development Plan (NVDP).

  • Dr. T N Khoshoo Memorial Award in ‘Conservation, Environment and Development’ for year 2010 by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (Bangalore),
  • Best Energy Alumni by Energy Department IIT Bombay (2008)
  • ‘Life Time Achievement – Encouragement Award’ by a organization founded by Workers’ and Engineers’ union of Power utility in Maharashtra (2003), accepted on behalf of Prayas Energy Group
  • Scholarship by Union of Concerned Scientists to attend their annual meeting (1997)
  • As a student, he received citation for ‘Exceptional Contribution Award’ for enhancing Mountaineering activity at IIT - Mumbai.

Memorial Activities

Girish Sant Memorial Annual Event, 2018

A Panel Discussion on
The paradox of electricity surplus co-existing with access deficit: Implications and way forward

Electricity is one of the most versatile forms of energy and a necessary condition to catalyse development. But there are inequities in electricity use as well as significant economic, social and environmental costs in its production and distribution.  This is especially true in the fossil fuel and grid based systems – the prominent option in India. For the past couple of years, reports have been suggesting that India is now a power surplus nation. For a country accustomed to power shortages, this may appear to be a major step towards reliable electricity supply and universal access. But even with surplus power, rural India continues to face power cuts and more than 4 crore households are without connections.

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