7th Indo-German Energy Forum

29 September 2016
Road map is defining action plan for the future
It is a very bright and sunny late summer day in Berlin when Secretary Rainer Baake of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy is giving his opening remarks for the 7th Indo-German Energy Forum in the historical oak room of the Ministry. “Today we are looking back on ten years of successful Indo-German Energy Partnership. Since the Government of Prime Minister Modi has announced its very ambitious targets in increasing the share of Renewables, we can even recognize more dynamics in our cooperation. There are many opportunities for increased business cooperation – a chance we should use as an international market leader in advanced energy technologies. I am happy to see that we can offer a lot of helpful experiences and solutions to technical challenges and system-relevant questions in India,” says the German Secretary who is leading this Forum together with his Indian counterpart Secretary Pradeep Kumar Pujari from the Ministry of Power.

More than 100 participants from the energy related ministries of both countries, from the private and the public sector as well as from research and development institutions took part in the 7th Indo-German Energy Forum and Secretary Pujari is the head of the Indian delegation. In his opening remarks he is sending clear messages to the auditorium: “At the last Indo-German Energy Forum in Delhi in February 2015 we have decided to intensify our close collaboration within the Forum even further while starting a strategic review process and working out a road map for the future. A lot of progress has been happened in the meantime like within the Green Energy Corridors project, as the integration of RE in the grid is also one of the main challenges on our way to achieve a share of 175 GW RE generation capacity by 2022. The Government of India is committed to Renewables! We will pick up a lot of useful learnings from Germany for us to increase the speed of implementation of RE in India.”

Now it is time for the Indian and German Co-Chairs of the four working groups of the Forum to report to the Secretaries about the work been carried out but especially about the planned future activities. Flexibility is the need of the hour for the thermal power plants in India as the Indian Co-Chair of SG1 is reporting. “Even in 2030 we will rely for 40 percent on coal, but this coal should be flexible for the integration of Renewables,” says Mr. Aniruddha Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power. Therefore a special task force in this group had been established. An action plan for the future has been worked out and NTPC has identified two reference plants for  pilot projects. Managing Director of the Excellence Enhancement Centre in New Delhi is talking about a change of mind set and new enthusiasm which has brought the activities already so far. Mr. Santosh Vaidya, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, who is also the Indian Co-Chair for the working group about Renewables, is full of enthusiasm for the future. “We are looking on Germany how they handled to increase the share of Renewables.” As he is especially responsible for the Solar Roof Top program of the Indian government he is most interested in the aspect of decentralization. Here the German Secretary Rainer Baake is giving a very important remark to the Indian side. 40 percent of the Solar Roof Top capacity in Germany is in citizens hand. “This means 1,6 million private households are generating electricity,” explains Baake. This also means ownership for Renewables. “Therefore we want to maintain this diversity of ownership”, says the German Secretary. Working Group 3 is dedicated to Energy Efficiency. The German Co-Chair is highlighting the topic of District cooling that is of high relevance to India for the future as it is heating in Germany which counts for two-third of the country’s energy demand. The German Co-Chair of the working group for Green Energy Corridors sees some overlaps and cross cutting issues to the working groups 1 and 2. He is also raising the question which role gas fired power plants shall have in the future in India? But need of the hour here is the topic of balancing and how pump storage could be helpful in India needs to be further explored.

In the afternoon five selected companies of the energy sector from Germany and India get a chance to present their wishes to the policymakers within a B2G roundtable. In his conclusion remarks of the Forum, Mr. Torsten Herdan, Director General of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs expresses his satisfaction that with the format of the B2B and B2G roundtables the increased integration of the privates sector into the energy dialogue has already become a success story. “We feel that B2B roundtables are very good and should come in some sort of regular process within the Forum. We should get a clear picture of the wish list of the private sector”, says Herdan
who is believing in the stimulating effects of a free market system. Also Secretary Pujari is underlining the importance of the roundtables, as they have already identified significant issues for all working groups within the last days. For Mr. Pujari flexibility and integration are the topics of most relevance and and in his opinion, they are cross cutting issues for all working groups. Therefore he is proposing the first working group as coordinating body for the future.

25-30 September 2016
Business Roundtables in Hamburg big success

“The new format of B2B roundtables is of high significance to us”, this is the personal conclusion of Secretary Pujari from the Ministry of Power who just finished the marathon of four such roundtables within two days. Mr. Pujari is not only leading a high rank Indian delegation from the Indian energy sector and industry to a pay visit to the leading wind technology fair Hamburg Wind Energy but also chairs four B2B roundtables on special topics and challenges of the Indian energy market. The idea is to bring practical experts from the industry of India and Germany to the table to discuss special issues and recommend potential solutions to the policy makers. It is a wide range of topics from the flexibility of thermal power plants via PV Solar Rooftops and Energy Efficiency to future opportunities of Wind Energy in India which are covered. For the future the challenge for operators of thermal power plants lies in the integration of the huge RE portfolio into the grid. One method of surmounting this challenge is to increase the flexibility of thermal power plants, a process in which German companies are world leaders. Solar rooftops present a huge opportunity in India as a result of the government’s ambitious target of installing 40 GW by 2022 as well as the potential in the residential, industrial and institutional segments. There is a lot to learn from the German experience where the rooftop program has been immensely successful in engaging citizens and making them the prosumers (producers as well as consumers). The Secretary himself is emphasizing the high priority of energy efficiency in India. The presentations and the subsequent discussions in the particular roundtable are identifying three areas of potential future cooperation: District Cooling, E-Mobility and Smart Grids. Secretary Pujari would be especially grateful for German support in the field of E-Mobility. And no doubt: the business opportunities for Wind Energy in India are very promising. Capital cost in India is one of the lowest in the world. India is emerging as major manufacturing hub for Wind Turbines. The Government of India has announced a laudable Renewable Energy target of 175GW by 2022 out of which 60GW will be coming from wind power (Average 5 GW/year in wind). The business roundtables were jointly organized by the Indian industry association FICCI and IGEF-SO.

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