Power Sector Boost a Must for ‘Make In Madhya Pradesh’ – IEEMA

INDIAN ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION (IEEMA) – the apex association of over 800 power generation, transmission and distribution organisations reiterated the need for a consistent dialogue between transmission and distribution service providers and the Madhya Pradesh Utilities.

IEEMA highlighted the power distribution issues and the need for technologies to improve the MP State’s energy ecosystem and curbing pilferage of electricity. Also key to the agenda is commercially viable and competitive power supply to all consumers in the State and the much needed support for industrial development.

A workshop cum interactive session is being organised with the Utilities of Madhya Pradesh and IEEMA member Companies in Bhopal on June 22 under the banner of emPOWERing Make In India.

While IEEMA appreciated the efforts of the Government of Madhya Pradesh to provide special thrust to renewable energy progammes and new areas of technologies in the entire spectrum of non-conventional energy sources,  which will provide immense opportunities in the field of wind, solar photovoltaic, biomass, solar thermal, small hydro and industrial wastes based projects, the association also brought to the fore accumulated bad debts in power purchase expense conforming to Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB). In order to stimulate demand for the domestic electrical equipment industry, IEEMA suggested that the government has to provide a level playing field for Indian manufacturers to compete with imported equipment in the domestic market.  There is an urgent need to improve fund availability to the power sector and provide fuel linkages and faster regulatory clearances for timely completion of power projects. IEEMA recommend framing of guidelines for Model procurement for utilities with standardised and fair contract terms and conditions and increased spending in R&D that will help develop cost effective technologies.

Mr Vishnu Agarwal, President – IEEMA, said, The MP government has undertaken “Make in MP” mission on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign to overcome the challenges of power shortage. We appreciate that the State Government is encouraging setting up of power plants by private investors. Opportunities are immense in the areas of thermal, hydel, wind and solar energy generation and the Government is keen to support the private ventures in Madhya Pradesh.”

Mr Sunil Misra, Director General – IEEMA said, “IEEMA appreciates MP government’s efforts in making the state of Madhya Pradesh fastest growing state of the country industrially.  IEEMA will actively support the “Make in Madhya Pradesh’ proposition and will also come up with strategies for skill upgradation, infrastructure development and technological advances. We expect the centre and state governments to continue to harness growth enabling policies and increase their emphases on development of social infrastructure.”