Integrated Energy Policy (IEP) proposed by the Planning Commission has laid down
a broad framework for energy policy in India. Specific measures are required to
take it forward, and to implement it. Effective implementation of the proposed
energy policy that covers all sources of energy and addresses all aspects including
energy security, access and availability, affordability and pricing, efficiency
and environment is imperative. Meanwhile, Energy Coordination Committee (ECC),
chaired by the Prime Minister of India deliberates on the issues on the interface
of key organizations.
required measures will involve many players in the energy sector, will affect
users of energy and will have a profound impact on the competitiveness of many
industries. To define the policies a dialogue among the major key players of the
energy sector such as PSUs, private sector, policy makers in the government, academic
experts and other stakeholders is required. Such a dialogue is critical to developing
a consensus, which is the key to successful implementation of the proposed policy.
The dialogue can be enriched with experts from abroad who bring insights from
has five energy ministries in the central government, a large
number of public and private sector units, state energy ministries,
state electricity boards, regulatory bodies and finally consumers.
The interface has to be smooth and responsive to various needs.
Some of the large public sector units have now reached high
productivity levels. But still higher gains may be possible
through co-operation and co-ordination.
The key questions to be addressed are:
principles, rules and regulatory frameworks are needed to ensure smooth interface?
should be the incentive (and penalty) structure that will prevent one sector from
causing inefficiency in others?
can coordination, cooperation and collaboration help while
actions are needed at the interface between suppliers
of coal and power producers, downstream and upstream in
oil and gas sectors, generation and transmission with
and private sectors and so on? How can regulatory frameworks