Pramod Kumar Singh
Senior Director – Research & Programmes, AEEE
Pramod Kumar Singh has more than 16 years of experience in the energy sector, of which the last 15 years are in clean energy research and consulting for government, private sector, international development agencies, and philanthropies. He has led projects related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, and power in Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Europe, Nepal, India, the Philippines, Thailand, the Solomon Islands, and the USA. Prior to AEEE, he was leading the Advanced Technologies objective of USAID’s South Asia Regional Energy Partnership (SAREP) program. He also led USAID’s South Asia Regional Energy Hub (SAREH) program as the Chief of Party. His other associations include working with ICF International, Schatz Energy Research Centre, and Indian Oil Corporation Limited. Pramod holds a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee and an M.S. degree in Environmental systems in Energy Technology and Policy stream from Humboldt State University, California. He is also a Certified Energy Auditor by the Government of India.
All Sessions by Pramod Kumar Singh
Executive Dialogue 4 – Creating 10GW market for Demand Flexibility by 2030New Delhi
Launch of the whitepaper titled "Customer Engagement – A tool for Utility driven for Utility Demand Side Management."
Session Brief: The increasing share of renewables in India’s grid power and proliferation of decentralized power generation has created the need for demand flexibility, amongst other solutions for cost-effective renewable grid integration. While demand-side management is not a new concept for India, demand flexibility to support renewable integration and decarbonization is relatively new and is limited to small-scale pilots in a few states. Distribution utilities must also purchase expensive electricity to meet critical peak demand. The Central Electricity Authority projects the country’s peak demand to grow from 203 GW to 366 GW between 2021-22 and 2031-32. The reforms in the wholesale power market, bringing ancillary services into the market, increasing proliferation of smart meters, and smart grid technologies make demand flexibility feasible in important demand sectors such as buildings that have a share of more than 30% in India’s electricity consumption. Buildings with new energy technologies have the potential to interact with the grid rather than only passively drawing power from the grid. Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) have a holistically optimised blend of energy efficiency, energy storage, renewable energy, and load flexibility technologies enabled through smart controls and building occupants’ behaviour.
The session will discuss the strategies and way forward for the Indian grid to scale-up demand flexibility measures and create an ecosystem for demand flexibility. The session will discuss the technology and infrastructure needed for demand flexibility which also has the potential to enhance grid resilience, regulatory reforms and business models to establish and accelerate the market for demand flexibility in India.