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Creating Regional-level Institutions for Efficient and Sustainable CBET in South Asia

  08th December 2021,

 

This webinar is second in the four-part series being organized by USAID’s South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration (SARI/EI) program, currently being implemented by IRADe, focused on the broad theme of “Accelerating Cross Border Energy Trade to Transition towards an Energy Secure South Asia”, in partnership with Power Line, the leading energy magazine in South Asia.

This webinar seeks to emphasise the importance of creating a vibrant regional power market for the mutual benefit of all the South Asian nations, as has been proved in many other parts of the world.

As a part of the regional power market, a regional power exchange in South Asia would facilitate benefit from the daily demand diversities and sporadic demand-supply mismatch at the geographical level, for optimum utilization of power resources in the Region. A regional power market would also enable contracts on barter of power on a seasonal and hourly basis. Once the regional power market is agreed in principle, this would expedite the development of a commensurate transmission system.

During the course of the discussion, the following questions were addressed:

  • What role can a regional power market play in enhancing energy security in South Asia?
  • What steps need to be taken to facilitate the formation of a regional power market in South Asia?
  • What are the key challenges and issues? How can they be addressed?

 Panelists:

  • Kul Man Ghising, Managing Director, Nepal Electricity Authority 
  • Md Abdul Jalil, Chairman, Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General, Public Utilities commission of Sri Lanka
  • Nima Tshering C, Director, Bhutan Electricity Authority
  • Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga, Chief of Energy Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Dr. Subir Sen, COO, CTU, Power Grid Corporation of. India Ltd. 

The webinar had representation from people responsible for market policy, regulation, market players and facilitators, i.e. Governments, regulators, sellers (generation utilities, power traders), buyers (distribution utilities, power traders, power exchanges, etc. We will also have international speakers sharing their experiences.

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