May

29
2019

2:30 am IST - 4:00 am IST

Past Event

Panel Discussion | Discoms’ abilities to serve residential consumers

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2:30 am - 4:00 am IST

Brookings India
Kamalnayan Bajaj Conference Room

Brookings India
New Delhi
110021

Content from the Brookings Institution India Center is now archived. After seven years of an impactful partnership, as of September 11, 2020, Brookings India is now the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, an independent public policy institution based in India.

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Abstract:
India has roughly electrified (given a connection to) almost all households, but quality of supply is still a major concern.  In addition to not serving with 24×7 power, utilities (Discoms) are under pressure as these new consumers are among the most expensive to serve while also being the least remunerative.  How might this equilibrium play out or evolve? Will this shift today’s delicate (semi-) equilibrium of cross-subsidies towards breaking point? What are new regulations or efforts Discoms can consider? 

Panelists:

  • Karthik Ganesan, Research Fellow, CEEW
  • A K Saxena, Senior Fellow and Director, TERI
  • Johannes Urpelainen, Professor and Director, ISEP, Johns Hopkins University
  • Rahul Tongia, Fellow, Energy and Sustainability, Brookings India (moderator)