USAID
SARI Energu
IRADe

South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration

Task Forces

The Task Forces (TFs) are the main drivers of the program in achieving the desired objectives of SARI/EI. The three inter-governmental TFs catalyses enabling systemic conditions for regional energy integration. These TFs are representations of regional stakeholders such a national governments, national power transmission utilities, national electricity regulatory commission, power market institutions, and other in country organizations. Activities taken up by the TFs include showcasing examples of the benefits of regional cooperation; leveraging counterpart funding and resources; providing unbiased support for regional initiatives; and present a platform to discuss cross-border trade and promote infrastructure interconnection. To this end, the three Task Forces have taken up demand-driven activities with tangible outcomes. These demand driven research and analysis provide detailed and informed recommendations on the issues of CBET. The TF-meetings are a critical aspect of SARI/EI activities, which present a platform to discuss and promote cross-border electricity trade and these meetings are focused, structured, and demand-driven, with tangible outcomes. The SARI/EI project secretariat at IRADe assists the members in their decision-making process and conducting the demand-driven activities.

Task Force-1 – Coordination of Policies, Legal and Regulatory Frameworks

TF-1 deals with issues related to the policy, legal, and regulatory aspects of Cross Border Electricity Trade. It comprises nominated members from the country, regulatory authorities, energy/power ministries, and other policy-making bodies. It works on the harmonization of policies and regulations, framework for licensing, open access, tariff and trade negotiations, dispute resolution mechanism, and so on, thus creating conditions for a sustainable market for investment and the implementation of cross-border electricity trade projects.

Task Force-1 Members

Mr. Mohammad Hossain

Mr. Mohammad Hossain

Director General Power Cell, Bangladesh

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Mr. Karma P. Dorji

Mr. Karma P. Dorji

Chief Engineer, Department of Hydropower and Power Systems, MoEA, Bhutan

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Mr. Sulakshana Jayawardena

Mr. Sulakshana Jayawardena

Director (Development), Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka

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Mr. Mohammad Humayoon Kohistani

Mr. Mohammad Humayoon Kohistani

Energy Programming Director, Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan

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Mr. S.K.Chatterjee

Mr. S.K.Chatterjee

Jt. Chief (Regulatory Affairs) CERC, India

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Mr. Syed Safeer Hussain

Mr. Syed Safeer Hussain

Registrar NEPRA, Pakistan

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Mr. Raju Maharjan

Mr. Raju Maharjan

Senior Divisional Engineer, Ministry of Energy, Government of Nepal

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Task Force-2 – Advancement of Transmission System Interconnections

TF-2 comprises nominated members from the country, transmission utilities, and the planning authorities, system operators. TF – 2 identify import-export points for technically and economically feasible cross-border interconnections over the next 20 to 30 years. It also formulates the required coordination procedures for stable regional/national grid operations.

Task Force-2 Members

Mr. Arun Kumar Saha

Mr. Arun Kumar Saha

Chief Engineer, Planning & Design, Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd.

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Mr. Karma Tshewang

Mr. Karma Tshewang

Chief Engineer, HDD, Director General, H& PS, MoEA, Bhutan

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Mr. Surendra Rajbhandari

Mr. Surendra Rajbhandari

Deputy Managing Director, Nepal Electricity Authority, Nepal

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Ms. Kamani Jayasekera

Ms. Kamani Jayasekera

Deputy General Manager (T& GP) Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka

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Mr.Azam Ali Langah

Mr.Azam Ali Langah

Deputy Manager Design (T/Lines), NTDCL, Pakistan

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Mr. Shekeeb Ahmad Nesaar

Mr. Shekeeb Ahmad Nesaar

Chief Operating Officer (COO) Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, Afghanistan

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Mr. B Sarkhel

Mr. B Sarkhel

Chief Engineer, System Planning and Project Appraisal, Power Systems CEA, India

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Task Force-3 – South Asia Regional Electricity Market

TF-3 focuses on electricity trading/exchanges and markets. It comprises members from the utilities, energy trading companies, power exchanges, and so on. TF – 3 explores market-driven, commercial practices in the trading of power, including long-term contractual instruments and medium/short-term trading exchanges. It covers matters relating to agreements on guarantee mechanisms, tariffs, wheeling changes, attribution of transmission losses, and transmission pricing.

Task Force-3 Members

Dr. Salim Mahmud

Dr. Salim Mahmud

Member, Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, Bangladesh

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Mr. Rajesh K Mediratta

Mr. Rajesh K Mediratta

Director (Business Development) at IEX, India

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Mr. Harish Saran

Mr. Harish Saran

Executive Director (Marketing), PTC India Limited, India

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Mr. K.L.R.C. Wijayasinghe

Mr. K.L.R.C. Wijayasinghe

Director (Power & Energy), Ministry of Power & Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka

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Mr. Sher Singh Bhat

Mr. Sher Singh Bhat

Deputy Managing Director, Nepal Electricity Authority, Nepal

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