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Let there be light

EM News Bureau ,  Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 13:55 Hrs  [IST]

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness —Anne Frank

Let there be light

This edition marks Electrical Monitor’s entry into its tenth year of service to the electrical equipment industry. The past nine years have been very eventful for the publication, as much as they have been to the power industry. We take this opportunity to thank our advertisers, readers and well-wishers for steadfastly supporting us through this memorable journey. We pledge that we will continue serving the industry with renewed determination and commitment.

This 9th Anniversary Issue is largely a collection of interviews of the senior management of companies in the power and electrical industry. A generous sprinkling of guest and technical articles on a variety of subjects completes the picture. In keeping with the expansion of the traditional electrical equipment sector into newer areas, we have consciously included companies engaged in fields like renewable energy, Smart Grid, automation, etc. This special edition also includes a theme story “PowerIndia@2020” where we have attempted to prognosticate key contours of the electrical equipment and power industry in 2020.

At this time—the early part of the New Year—there is always an air of optimism, partly euphoric and partly real. However, we choose to believe that the mild undercurrents of optimism that one can today perceive are stemming from the sincere intent of new government. Though it is too early to tangibly measure any results, one must acknowledge that there has been a steady build-up of positive policy measures in the power and infrastructure sectors.

One of the prime focus areas of the new government has to be power distribution. It is imperative that technical and managerial efficiency be introduced so that the power distribution business becomes commercially viable. Engaging the private sector through conventional and innovative PPP modalities can be a positive approach. India’s aspiration of Smart Cities and Smart Grid cannot materialize with sheer political will; active private sector participation is a must.

An enabling policy framework, supported by active private sector engagement, can radically transform the power sector into a true enabler of socio-economic development. India can, and certainly will, emerge not only as an efficient generator of clean, affordable power but an efficient consumer as well. There needs to be growing consciousness to ensure minimum carbon footprint at every link of the power value chain.

Electricity is largely about illumination. With a significant part of India yet in the grip of darkness, the country has a long journey to cover. The government’s task straddles between two extremes—the reality of “no grid” and the distinct possibility of “Smart Grid”. The mission is not just to illuminate every household but also to illuminate the path from devising policies to completing projects on time. India needs light—not just in every home but in every mind as well.

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