Solar power in India

This event, dedicated to India’s energy and environmental strategy under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was organised by the IISS as part of Singapore International Energy Week.

India’s economy is large and growing fast, its energy systems are very carbon-intensive and it is home to several among the world’s most polluted cities.

It is no surprise, therefore, that the Indian government is seizing on the collapse in renewables’ cost, growing availability of liquefied natural gas, and technological advances in transportation to push for greener energy systems. It does so in ways that reflect national preferences, natural endowments and factors such as the role of Indian states in the energy sector. While doing so, India tends to maintain a preference for economic and social development as the organising principle of its energy policy.

This session aimed to improve understanding of the opportunities and constraints faced by the Indian authorities as they make energy policy choices for the new era of greener growth. It shed light on how energy policy dynamics in India interact with global environmental ambitions as reflected in the Paris agreement, as well as local political constraints.

As part of its Greening of Asia project, IISS researchers have been working on India’s energy markets and policies for more than six months. Pierre Noel, IISS Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, presented an assessment of India’s energy strategy, followed by three presentations by guest experts on specific policy challenges: integrating large-scale renewables; managing the decline of coal; and creating a future for natural gas.

Additional information is available at the following URL: http://www.registration2017.sg/.


This event was chaired by Pierre Noel, Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, IISS. It took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

Chair

Pierre Noel

Dr Pierre Noel is the Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, based at IISS–Asia in Singapore. Dr Noel works on the economics and politics of international energy markets and policies.

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Event details

Thursday 26 October, 9.30am–12pm SGT
Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Speakers:
Pierre Noel, Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, IISS
Ashwin Gambhir, Senior Research Associate, Prayas Energy Group
Dipesh Dipu, Founder and Partner, Jenissi Consulting
Neeti Tandon, Asia Advisor, Gas Policy & Market Development, Shell
Chair:
Pierre Noel, Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, IISS