WISE in association with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, hosted a workshop at Hotel Royal Plaza, New Delhi, on 30 May 2014 to discuss the draft report findings of the project ‘Transitioning to Cleaner Electricity Systems Using Conventional Sources as Bridge Fuels-A Systems Study’. The study tries to identify the best conventional technology which can be used as a bridge fuel from the perspective of its performance across climate, environment, society, costs, technology, generation flexibility, infrastructure and ‘policy risks’ attributes. Based on the findings of the technology assessment, the study found that hydropower technologies are the most preferred choice for the future, followed by gas-based technologies and coal-based technologies. The findings therefore suggest that the current implementation priorities centered on coal-based generation are thoroughly misplaced. The study assesses that the reconciliation of this difference between the transition choices and our current implementation priorities would require a different approach to manage implementation constraints facing these technologies.

Some of the identified approaches, developed as overarching themes were discussed with different stakeholders representing organizations like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), IDAM Infrastructure, ICF India, etc. The half-day workshop was presided over by V Subramanian, former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, GoI; Krishan Dhawan, CEO, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation; and G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE.