"India is at the centre of the global energy stage. It has the third largest energy consumption in the world but per capita electricity consumption is around a third of the world average. Moreover, Indian electricity demand is expected to continue to expand as a result of economic and population growth, along with increased urbanisation and industrialisation. India is therefore faced with a triumvirate of challenges: how to i) expand access, ii) meet growing electricity demand and iii) integrating renewable energy, all while iv) transitioning to a low-carbon electricity system in order to achieve ambitious economic, social and climate objectives.
India and International Energy Agency (IEA)benefit from a long, ongoing bilateral relationship built on co-operation in a broad range of areas including energy security, statistics, efficiency, market analysis, implementation agreements and technology. India has been the focus of many recent IEA analyses and reports, for instance through the special focus chapter on the Indian power sector of the Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) publication in 2014 and the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2015 special report on India's energy outlook. High level policy dialogues have been further intensified over the last few years, as demonstrated in the signing of a Statement of Intent on data and research cooperation by the IEA Executive Director and the Vice-Chairman of the National Institution for the Transformation of India (NITI) Aayog.
NITI Aayog and IEA are working to assess current domestic power generation and the potential to support India to provide universal access to electricity for its population under its “24x7 Power for All” initiative, while meeting its engagement under the Paris Climate change agreement.
This meeting will bring together stakeholders to discuss and analyse current trends and challenges in electricity production and consumption, globally and specifically in India.The meeting focusses on the potential for India to transition to a low carbon power generation system. Both technological and regulatory challenges (e.g. electricity pricing) will be discussed.In particular the role of flexible thermal power plant operation and storage options for future electricity systems will be addressed.Experts will discuss global best practices & advances in HELE (e.g. USC, IGCC), flexible thermal power plant technology and the potential opportunities & barriers to improve efficiency and flexibility in existing fossil based power plants. Further topics include an account of other possible pathways for integrating renewables into the power system like energy storage (e.g. pump storage, batteries) and mini-/smart grid applications.
The outcomes of this workshop will serve as the basis for further work in this area by the participants, such as a possible technology roadmap for low-carbon thermal power generation in India, and inform long term policy analysis and planning."