As power sector in India is striving to add more generation capacity, the participation of private players is also increasing. The contribution of private sector which was only 10% at the end of 10th Plan, has gone upto 35 % in 2011- 12.
But deepening fuel crisis due to uncertainty in the availability of domestic coal and natural gas along with their rising prices are currently acting as constraint to capacity addition in power sector. Infact fuel availability and inadequate tariffs are the major challenges that the power sector is exposed to. In addition most states suffer from high AT&C losses and an inefficient power distribution system. It is imperative to have a viable distribution segment that can derive the benefits of a favorable policy and regulatory framework. There is a need to have a quicker implementation of the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme.
Many of the state distribution utilities are currently undergoing financial restructuring. The need to restructure their balance sheet has been necessitated by the mounting losses, triggered by widening gap between tariff and power purchase cost.
Issues relating to fuel price and its availability, rupee devaluation, financial health of distribution utilities have contributed to enhanced cost of power. In this critical phase it is imperative that Government introduces more reforms in the power sector to facilitate the participation of private sector.
In order to discuss the above and related issues, ASSOCHAM is organizing the National Conference on Power on 5th December 2012 in New Delhi.
The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for an effective deliberation which would pave the way for drawing the roadmap for growth and development of power sector in the country.
- Capacity addition during 12th plan period
- Project financing
- Tariff Rationalization
- New Fuel supply agreement
- Import of power equipment and their impact on cost
- Super critical and other energy efficient technologies
- Rural electric supply
- Privatization of distribution franchise
- Smart Grid
- Deploying IT System under R-APDRP for AT & C Loss reduction,
- Open Access
- Overseas asset Acquisition
- Gas based power plants – fuel supply situation
- Power purchase agreement
The conference is being organized by ASSOCHAM and will be addressed by eminent experts in the power sector.