Managing a fair transition away from coal in India: A conversation starter roundtable

India’s energy sector is under transition, owing to falling renewable energy prices, increasing prices of coal-based electricity, and increasing environmental pressures. Early signs of this transition are evident from the emerging trends in electricity generation capacity addition, and indicate a shift away from coal. However, this does not imply that India will stop depending on coal any time soon, but its share in the overall energy basket is expected to reduce. Given the critical importance of coal not only to the energy system, but also to various other aspects such as livelihoods and political economy in some parts of the country and to some sectors of the economy, the slow but inevitable transition away from coal will have many ramifications. It is important that this transition be understood well so that it can be fair and well managed, and its negative implications are minimised. Moreover, given the various linkages of the coal sector with other sectors, the transition is likely to be complex. Therefore, it would be prudent to begin exploring and understanding the various dimensions of this transition away from coal early on.

Second Annual Roundtable on Residential Electricity Consumption

Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Prayas Energy Group (PEG), and the University of Oxford jointly organized the second annual roundtable on residential electricity consumption in Delhi on 28th August, 2019.

The objective of the roundtable was to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners working on residential electricity consumption to substantively share recently completed and on-going work, as well as discuss challenges and future directions of research. It follows from a similar discussion held last year, and aims to be an ongoing annual event. The idea is to build a residential energy end-use community, and help identify opportunities for collaboration to enhance the collective knowledge base on India’s residential electricity consumption.

Towards improving service delivery and sector health through multi-disciplinary skills in electricity sector: A Training workshop for civil society and electricity sector professionals

Prayas (Energy Group) organised a two-day training workshop at YASHADA in Pune on 11 and 12 February, 2019. The objective of the workshop was to provide a comprehensive overview of the Indian electricity sector and to introduce the upcoming challenges in its operation and planning. The workshop was attended by more than 40 participants working in the electricity sector- generation and distribution companies, regulatory commissions, trade unions, NGOs, policy think tanks, and consumer activists - representing around 8 states in India.

The workshop was aimed at helping the participants and researchers to improve the quality of their regulatory and policy engagement. Sessions were based on the recent work of Prayas, including the following:

Trends and Way Forward in the State Electricity Sectors: An Experience Sharing Workshop, 2018

Prayas (Energy Group) convened a two-day experience sharing workshop on 3rd and 4th September, 2018, at ASCI, Hyderabad. The workshop was a coming together of 58 individuals working in the electricity sector- NGOs, grass-root organisations, policy think tanks, and consumer activists, representing around 12 states in India. A similar workshop was convened last year as well which focused on state level discussions, highlighting relevant issues in the state context.

The idea of this workshop was to share experiences, discuss commonalities, differences, challenges, and strategies used in various states to engage with the sector. However, this year, there were also more in-depth discussions on common issues and themes from the state experiences.

Roundtable on Residential Electricity Consumption

Prayas (Energy Group) and Centre for Policy Research (CPR) jointly organized a roundtable in Delhi on 1st August, 2018 on India’s Residential Electricity Consumption.

Electricity consumption in Indian homes has tripled since 2000, and now contributes to about a quarter of the total electricity consumption. However, electrified Indian households, on an average, still consume less than a third of the world average. Rapid electrification, increasing incomes, and technology development are to result in increased appliance ownership and electricity use, which has implications for energy efficiency policies, generation capacity, planning, climate change and environmental pollution. Research on India's residential electricity consumption has been limited till date -- however, this is now changing.

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