PES-Jt. Chapter/ FREE Live Webinar on “New Challenges in Electricity Distribution and Regulation”/ on 22-May-2020/ Friday/ Start Time: 5.30 PM (IST)


FREE Live Webinar on “New Challenges in Electricity Distribution and Regulation”/on 22-May-2020/ Friday/ Start Time: 5.30 PM (IST).

PES/IAS/ PELS-Jt.Chapter (of IEEE Hyderabad Section/ India)  is delighted to host a webinar on the below Topic:
Webinar/ Lecture Topic Title: “New Challenges in Electricity Distribution and Regulation”
Invited Speaker : Sri Sreekumar Nhalur, 

Electricity Distribution Companies and State Electricity Regulatory Commissions face many challenges – some old and some new. Growing financial losses, pockets of high distribution losses and poor quality or supply in rural areas are some challenges, which have been around for a few decades. Reforms after reforms have not been able to completely address them. High base-load capacity addition, increasing cost of conventional power, growing penetration of renewable power, growth of electricity markets and emergence of battery storage are some new challenges.  Facing them calls for a paradigm shift in distribution business and regulatory oversight. Improving the planning process, preparing to integrate renewable and storage- including distributed, focussing on special measures to protect small consumers and promoting healthy markets are some suggestions to meet these challenges.

The webinar will introduce the new challenges and medium-term suggestions to address them, largely in the context of grid power based, state owned distribution companies.


About the Invited Speaker :

Sreekumar has been working in power sector in the areas of policy analysis and Information Technology applications from 1984. After 14 years in the industry (L&T and CMC Limited), in 2000 he joined Prayas, a voluntary organisation based at Pune, India, and is currently Member - Prayas (Energy Group). The Energy Group works on policy analysis, governance and civil society capacity building in energy sector. Sreekumar is a member of government committees and is associated with several voluntary organisations. He is an author of many articles, papers, booklets, including a Citizens’ Primer on the electricity sector and a book on electricity sector reforms. Sreekumar received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT - Bombay in 1984 and Master's degree in Power Systems Engineering from IIT- Kharagpur. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and is associated with the electricity safety initiative of IEEE Hyderabad.

Webinar Registration Link for Attendees:

  Date and Time




  • Manikonda
  • Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • India 500089
  • For any Assistance :

    1) For IEEE Members: Dr.C.Harinatha Reddy/ Email: Phone: 9966124224

    2) For Non-IEEE Particpants: Dr.PV Rajgopal/ Email: Phone: 9985306562 

    3) For ALL Students: Prof.B.Madhuri/ Email: Phone: 9010020113


  • Co-sponsored by Dr.Rajgopal, PV / Chair, PES/IAS/PELS--Jt.Chapter, Hyderabad Section, India
  • Starts 15 May 2020 01:00 PM
  • Ends 22 May 2020 06:30 PM
  • All times are Asia/Calcutta
  • No Admission Charge
  • Register



* Welcome Address by Dr.PV Rajgopal, Chair, PES/IAS/PELS--Jt.Chapter

* Introduction of the Speaker 

* Lecture by the Invited Speaker: Sri Sreekumar Nhalur

* Lecture Topic: “New Challenges in Electricity Distribution and Regulation”

* Q & A Session.

* Closing Remarks

* Vote of Thanks: by Dr.Harinatha Reddy/ Vice-Chair, PES/IAS/PELS--Jt.Chapter


A Technology Sharing Initiative by PES/IAS/ PELS Jt.Chapter (OU ID: PE31/IA34/PEL35) in association with of IEEE Hyderabad Section/ India.