IGEF partners the 7th India Energy Congress

The 7th India Energy Congress organized by the World Energy Council’s Indian member committee, convened key players within the Indian and global energy sector, under the theme “Energy 4.0- Energy Transition towards 2030”. Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF-SO) became the exclusive congress partner where more than 400 experts discussed the “fourth energy revolution” and outlined a map for 2030, in light of increasing digital disruptions.

Mr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council commented that “Renewable integration will be a critical focus going forward. As coal prices go up, renewable prices go down, there will be a shifting appetite towards renewables.” This year the congress was much more ambitious on renewables than 3 years ago with Indian ministers predicting that India will exceed its target of 175GW renewable capacity and reach around 200 GW by 2022. Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Coal & Railways said that “With technological advancements in solar power and large turbines in wind energy, the country should strive for 50 per cent generation capacity from renewable sources by 2030.”

The conference audience was addressed by Mr R. K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy; Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship; Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chair NITI Aayog; Mr Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power and Chairman, World Energy Council India; Mr Susheel Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Coal; Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy; Mr K. D. Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas; Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Secretary (Power Division) Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources (MPEMR), Government of Bangladesh & Chairman, BIFPCL; Mr Gurdeep Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC & Secretary, World Energy Council India; and organizations such as Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and McKinsey.

 Dr. Winfried Damm, Cluster Coordinator, Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN) and Mr. Markus Wypior, Head, Green Energy Corridors project GIZ India participated in the panel discussions on Sustainable mobility and Variable Renewable Energy sources integration respectively together with experts from the industry.

Chairman NITI Aayog highlighted in his speech that Germany is a good example for smooth implementation of Energy Transition process and India could learn from the success story.