Investments for a Sustainable Tamil Nadu: Reforms and Strategies for the Power Sector

Given the vast magnitudes of investment required in the energy transition, and given the limitations of Indian public finance, the main path to energy transition investment lies in private investment. Only the domestic and the foreign private sector have the scale of resourcing required to terminate contracts with coal-fired plants and build a new world of renewables and storage. This process faces limitations which are collectively bucketed as 'investability'. One of the most important states in India from the perspective of energy transition is Tamil Nadu. It was one of the first states in India to have achieved almost universal electrification and was also at the forefront of the transition to renewables — both wind and solar — in the country.

In this conference, we present a review of the electricity sector in Tamil Nadu. The conference aims to bring together academics, researchers, policy-makers and industry to engage in a constructive dialogue on a reforms agenda. The objective of our work is to present a collection of facts about the sector that can form the basis of a deep dive into the causes and consequences of existing decisions, and also policy proposals to improve investability for transition finance.

The event is in person and free, but you must register to attend.

October 13, 2023
Dvara Trust (Kerala Meeting Room), 10th Floor-Phase 1, IIT-Madras Research Park, Kanagam Village, Taramani, Chennai 600113
In partnership with:
14:00 - 15:00

Session 1 - Electricity's Role in Tamil Nadu's Development Strategy

Presenter: Ajay Shah, XKDR Forum

Panelists: Vikram Kapur, I.A.S (Government of Tamil Nadu)

S Narayan, I.A.S (Retd; Government of India)

Karthik Muralidharan, CEGIS

15:00 - 16:00

Session 2 - The Impact of KUSUM-C in Addressing the Political Economy of Distribution

Presenter: Renuka Sane, TrustBridge

Panelists: Anas Rahman, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Martin Scherfler, Auroville Consulting

16:30 - 17:30

Session 3 - Improving Regulation in the Power Sector

Presenter: Akshay Jaitly, TrustBridge

Panelists: Hansika Dhankhar, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Ann Josey, Prayas Energy Group