Jury 2016

Mr. Kuljit Singh Popli


K.S. Popli is the CMD in Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA).

He has experience of more than 29 years in power sector. As Director (Technical), he is responsible for project appraisal, financing, policy formulation, planning and monitoring of renewable energy and energy efficiency and conservation projects.

Prior to joining IREDA, he worked with Power Finance Corporation for 14 years for both state sector and IPP Projects for Hydro, Thermal, Transmission and Distribution Sectors.

He has served NHPC for 11 years and was associated with Design, Engineering and Implementation of Hydro Electric Projects.

K.S. Popli is an Electrical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. He also holds Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management and a Degree in Law.

Mr. Ajit Gupta

Former Adviser in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)
Government of India

Mr. Gupta retired as Adviser in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, in September, 2008. In his association of nearly four decades with the renewable energy sector, he has played a key role in the development and deployment of renewables in the country. He started the Power Group in the Ministry and led technological and commercial development in grid power generation in the areas of wind power, small hydro power, biomass power, bagasse co-generation and solar power generation. He pioneered and led the Wind Power Programme of the country for over two decades.

He also started the Remote Village Electrification Group and the Urban, Industrial and Commercial Applications Group. He steered the development of national programmes on biofuels, green buildings, Solar Cities and Green Campuses. In the domain of policy, regulatory and legislative aspects, Mr. Gupta developed Guidelines for renewable power policies as a result of which policies for grid connectivity and feed-in tariff were introduced by the States.

He contributed in finalization of provisions pertaining to renewable energy in Electricity Act 2003, National Electricity Policy and Tariff Policy and interacted with the Central and State Electricity Regulatory Commissions regarding tariff guidelines, RPOs and RECs. While at the Ministry, Mr. Gupta concurrently served as the Director of the Solar Energy Centre (renamed NISE) and as Founder Executive Director of the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (renamed NIWE) during different periods.

He developed and led several international co-operation programmes including an MNRE/UNDP Solar Energy Project during 2008-11. Since 2011, Mr. Gupta has been mentoring and consulting in renewable energy with international consulting groups. He obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1971 and Master of Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 1973.

Dr. Bibek Bandyopadhyay

Senior Adviser, PACE D Technical Assistance Program,
Former Adviser, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Dr Bibek Bandyopadhyay is the former director of the Solar Energy Centre, the solar institute of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. He started his career in solar energy at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He served at the Department of Science and Technology and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India in various capacities for more than 31 years.

As one of the senior-most Advisers of the Ministry, Dr. Bandyopadhyay was associated in the formulation and implementation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. He is instrumental in promoting hydrogen and fuel cells as an emerging technology in the country.

He is associated with a number of national and international Committees related to emerging energy technologies.

Mr Shirish S Garud

Director and Senior Fellow, TERI

Mr Shirish Garud, Director and Senior Fellow, Energy-Environment Technology Development Division, TERI, having more than two decades of experience in renewable energy sector, is a well-known specialist in renewable energy technologies, energy planning and renewable energy policy studies.

He has rich experience in solar and wind resource assessment, technology development, and deployment. Some of his major assignments include, development of vacuum tube collectors, development of solar parabolic trough collectors, designing of solar power plants, designing and implementation of one of the world’s largest solar water heating system of 120m3 day capacity for fertilizer industry. He has also worked on solar PV technologies and island electrification projects using solar PV technology.

He was part of UNEP funded multi-country project SWERA (Solar and Wind Resource Assessment) which mapped solar and wind resources for countries in Asia and Africa.

He led a multi-activity flagship project on ‘Integrated Energy Management Master Plan for Bhutan’ which was a cornerstone project for the Government of Bhutan. The project covered energy data collection, assessment and development of web-based system for energy data collection, analysis and publishing. He was also co-editor of The Royal Government of Bhutan’s first official Energy Data Directory 2005 and Integrated Energy Management Master Plan for Bhutan.

He is an acknowledged and certified trainer and expert on RETScreen software, developed for renewable energy project feasibility studies.

He has also contributed towards major policy initiatives in India including the development of REC (Renewable Energy Certificate) mechanism.

He headed the South East Asia Secretariat of REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, UK.) for two years during which REEEP funded various projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

He has published research papers, and articles in leading publications. He was part of the team which developed curriculum for long distance course on Renewable Energy Technologies for TERI University jointly with Open University of UK.

He is a mechanical engineer with M tech (Energy Systems Engineering) from IIT Bombay. He loves travelling and trekking.

Mr. Pankaj Batra

Chief Engineer, Central Electricity Authority

Shri Pankaj Batra did his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Diploma in Systems Management from NMIMS, Mumbai, Diploma in Financial Management from IGNOU, New Delhi and Diploma in Public Speaking from Nazareth Speakers Academy, Mumbai. He joined the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in 1983 through the UPSC’s Combined Engineering Services Examination.

He has worked in the Grid Management in the CEA Headquarters, monitoring Regional Grids, analysis of grid disturbances and preparation of various technical reports. He was involved in the finalization of issues in the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC), Availability Based Tariff (ABT), Open Access, Power Exchange, etc. He framed the regulations of CEA on Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid and regulations on Grid Standards. He has prepared Report on Peaking Power Plants and ensuring adequate reserves, Investigation of reasons of Stranded Generation Capacity in a scenario of shortages as well as Report on Integration of Renewables to the Grid.

He has worked as Chief (Engineering) in Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) formulating various Regulations, viz. Grant of Connectivity, Long-term Access and Medium-term Open Access, Measures to relieve congestion in real time operation, Grant of Regulatory Approval for Capital Investment to CTU for execution of Inter-State Transmission, the revised Indian Electricity Grid Code, Power Market Regulations, Regulation of Power Supply, Regulations on intervening transmission facilities, etc. He introduced various provisions of integration of renewables to the grid and smart grid in the IEGC.

He is presently working as Chief Engineer involved in Financial and Commercial Appraisal of power generation and transmission projects in the CEA, FDI in power, Financial Restructuring Plan of State Discoms, etc. and various policy issues. He was also Member Secretary of the National Reliability Council for Electricity.

He is the Chairperson of Working Group VI on “Policy and Regulation” in the India Smart Grid Forum. He is also Chairperson of the BIS Committee of LITD 10 – “Power System Control and Associated Communication”.

He has worked in the Western Regional Load Despatch Centre (WRLDC) as a System Operator, operation and maintenance of Power House, Switchyard and Dam in Chukha Hydro Power Corporation in Bhutan and operation and maintenance of transmission and distribution system of Bhutan and also election of the first 220 kV station in Bhutan at Thimphu.

Dr. Srinivas SN

Programme Analyst, UNDP

Srinivas S N has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is working as Programme Analyst at United Nations Development Programme, India. He has 25 years of experience in the area of energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy access, and sustainable development. He has published about 100 papers, research reports, books, etc. He is a Certified Energy Manager. Presently, he is leading the portfolio of energy in the Energy and Environment division of UNDP, India.

Ms Rajasree Ray

Economic Adviser, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy &
Interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance

Ms Rajasree Ray is presently working as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and handling the matters relating to the Interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance. Ms.Ray completed her post-graduation in Economics from Calicut University in Kerala.

She was selected in the Indian Economic Service in 1995 and since then, she has dealt with various subjects relating to natural resources, agriculture and food policy and climate change for about two decades. As part of Government of India, Ms. Ray has wide and diverse experience having served in Indian Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, Railways, Environment & Forests and Finance.

Ms Ray has been a member of the Indian negotiating team in the UNFCCC and other bodies such as G-20 working groups. As the Deputy Secretary (Climate Change) in the Indian Ministry of Environment & Forests, Ms Ray focused on Climate Change Adaptation and Finance issues and also handled other agenda items including the negotiations for a 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. In her previous assignment as Additional Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, she dealt with issues related to Climate Change Finance.

Ms Ray was the member of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Sustainable Development Financing set up by the UN General Assembly as a follow-up of Rio + 20 process and the Standing Committee on Finance established under the UNFCCC. She was also a member of the Indian delegation which negotiated the historic Paris Agreement on climate change in December, 2015.

She has authored several papers on issues related to Climate Change including Climate Change Adaptation, Vision for the GCF, Gender and Climate Change and Climate Change Financing.