NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "An Integrated Approach to Energy and Environment Policy for India" by Dr. R Srikanth, JRD Tata Auditorium, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting

(As part of the Fourteenth Annual NIAS-DST Traning Programme on Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Science, Technology and Society)


Topic: “An Integrated Approach to Energy and Environment Policy for India”


 Speaker: R Srikanth

Professor and Head, Energy and Environment Policy Program, NIAS


Date: 7th December, 2016

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS


All are cordially invited

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Abstract:  In FY16, coal-based power plants produced more than 75% of the electricity generated in India, while renewable sources power accounted for only 6% of the electricity generated. India has enough coal reserves to last several decades and coal-based power is generally cheaper than solar power in India at this juncture. 

India’s problem is not coal but the pollution associated with coal-based power plants.  However, the average under-recovery per unit of power sold by State Utilities in India was about 0.60 Re in FY15 leading to Rs. 59,000 Crores of combined losses by all State Utilities in FY 16 alone.  Thus, the financial health of these Utilities does not permit them to make the investments required to comply with the revised environmental standards for coal-based power plants, applicable from January 2018 onwards, while the expected losses to comply with these standards cannot even be recouped by hiking the tariffs.  Therefore, a judicious use of NCEF funds is required to ensure environmental compliance without raising tariffs.

About the Speaker: Dr. Srikanth has recently joined NIAS as Professor of Energy and Environment Policy.  He graduated with a B. Tech. in 1984 from the Indian School of Mines and was awarded the ISM Gold Medal in Mining Engineering.  He worked in Coal India Ltd between 1984 and 1990 before joining the Pennsylvania State University where he completed his M.S. in Mining Engineering in 1993, and a dual Ph.D. in Mining Engineering & Operations Research in 1996.  His research on health and safety issues in high production coal mines was funded by US Bureau of Mines/NIOSH, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals and NIOSH publications.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016