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Power and Energy

Power and Energy-key national infrastructure sectors–occupy a pivotal position in any economy, more so in a progressing economy like ours. Historically, being traditional sectors, these sectors are only recently poised to play a kingpin role as engines of economic growth. In doing so, chinks in these sectors are getting exposed, past systems and structures are being put to stern tests, past practices are being debunked – both managerial and technical, in running the reformed enterprises.

The Indian Power and Energy sectors are literally at crossroads. Being at crossroads suggests a closely demarcated past and future–some electricity boards are still getting unbundled into corporate utilities, frenetic efforts are on to provide electricity to all villages and households in the country, post-EA 2003, gargantuan AT & C losses in T & D are targeted to be reduced to more manageable levels and so many other changes are being ushered in.

Being at crossroads also means that people at the centre of these changes cannot afford simply to sit at the crossroads. They have to perforce decide which way to go and move on. They have to act and act decisive and fast.

However, situation on ground suggests queer contrasts and dichotomies, which are likely to blunt such actions. Some of these constraints are quite revealing –

  • Yearly accretion of generation in India, is still an average of 12,000-plus MWs, whereas in China it is a whopping 50,000 MWs; even at the present expected levels, the supply-demand gap is a substantial 12%.
  • India has a dubious distinction of being home to the largest number of people without electricity in the world with nearly more than one-third of such deprived being in India.
  • The last decade saw 60% increase in generation but could account for only an increase of 10% households getting access to electricity.
  • Indigenous manufacturing capabilities, especially of heavy generation equipments have stagnated, owing to which almost all projects are delayed by an average of 2-5 years from scheduled timelines in a planned project span of 4-5 years.
  • We still depend upto 70% of our oil requirement on imports.

This list is almost endless and connotes to very gross negatives. All these suggest strong need for decisive actions with alacrity and actions backed by knowledge, discussions, debate and analysis. It also points to a dire need of the sector, long saddled with monopolies and stagnation, of forums, platforms of information and knowledge dissemination- like a magazine devoted exclusively to affairs of Power and Energy sectors. In fact, there is a need for many more of such forums. There is a lot more which deserve to be informed, discussed and interacted with. Existing forums faithfully only reproduce who said what and only a few deliver anything beyond this.

Against this backdrop a need was felt for a magazine like this Power&Energy  Magazine which informs right and incisively analyses various issues besotting the sectors as a critical necessity. In doing so, an innate desire of the team behind these magazine to fill the void in the Power & Energy space can be seen.

The first issue of the Magazine set to be launched beginning February 2016 is a cause for celebration to me, long connected with the sectors, with a sense of understanding and a compelling duty to it and to all of us – the team – a sense of dejavu in filling a void and a need now pervading the sector.

We endeavour to offer through this Magazine, engaging articles, features and analysis apart from the regular coverage of news, persons, events and statistics of the sectors in Power and Energy.

I am extremely proud to offer you this edition, a preview edition of the published product and hope that it will serve the sectors well. We, at Synergy Publications, look forward to your valued support for this endeavour and many others to follow.

Mohanram Subbarao

Chief Editor

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