Bhubaneswar, September 14, 2017: The 36th Eastern Regional Power Committee (ERPC) and Technical Coordination Committee (TCC) meeting organised under the aegis of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (GKEL) in Bhubaneswar on September 13 &14, 2017.
The eastern region, one of the five regional power committees in the country, comprises Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Sikkim and was constituted to facilitate power system functioning in the area. About 120 delegates, including representatives from, NTPC, Damodar Valley Corporation, NHPC, OPTCL, GRICO, OHPC and PGCIL besides officials from Bhutan and other private power entities attended the meeting.
Welcoming the Delegates, Mr. Ramesh R Pai, COO, GKEL spoke about the rich heritage & culture of Bhubaneswar and updated the gathering about GMR Group & Energy business in particular. A video on the CSR & LRP activities of the Project in the neighbouring villages was also screened.
The meetings took place to evaluate technical requirements of the power system and arrive at solutions that helped to bring energy security and power system stability. Issues facing integrated operation of power system in the eastern region were discussed in length.
The meetings also discussed on power requirements, new projects, central sector projects, construction of substations, planning and investments and inter- state coordination issues.
“There was a fruitful discussion on constraints of energy sector and scope of development in the same areas during the two days meet,” said Mr. A K Bandyopadhyay, Member Secretary, ERPC.
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Hemant Sharma, Energy Secretary, CMD–GRIDCO & OPTCL. At the conclusion of the meet he thanked GKEL for hosting and Member Secretary of ERPC for conducting 36th ERPC meet successfully. “The power sector is running in difficult phase in the country. But there is a lot of scope to set up renewable energy by power producers,” Mr. Sharma said.