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Retro | August 2013

A round-up of topics covered by Power Today in the last one year

August 2012
The cover story of the August 2012 edition of Power Today focused on the opportunities and challenges for India in smart grids distribution system. The Focus section carried two articles one on automation, while the other one was on motors. Spotlight featured PK Ranade, CMD, Advance Metering Technology. The Interaction section featured an exclusive interview with Girish Shirodkar, Partner and MD, Strategic Decisions Group, and Naoki Shimoda, Director, Energy & Environment. The Policy section was about the need to accelerate distribution reforms. Report was about solar funding and M&A activities.

September 2012
The fourth anniversary issue carried an exclusive section on India's 50 top power companies. The edit focus was on policy blackout, dependable power solutions for the future and decentralised distributed generation solutions. Interaction featured Ashok Khurana, Director General, Association of Power Producers (APP), and Nisar Ahmad Baba, Executive Director, Alba Power. The Technology section focused on the vision for coal handling by 2020, while the Green Energy section was on mini grid concept for solar energy.

October 2012
The edit focus of this issue was on the government's approval for financial restructuring of State Electricity Boards (SEBs), power sector scenario in next five years and hyrdo projects in India. Interaction featured Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, the mayor of Tshwane, a province of South Africa, and also featured Santosh Kamat, Partner, KPMG India. The Engineering section spoke on BHEL's plans to diversify its business verticals, while the Report section spoke on power backup systems industry. Lalit Jain, CEO, Reliance Infrastructure Limited, featured in the Opinion section.

November 2012
The cover story of the November 2012 edition of Power Today focused on the plight of private power generation companies, who are on the verge of seeking bailout from the government, the Indian solar energy sector, and solar funding and policy reforms. Interactions were with Kunwer Sachdev, MD, Su-Kam, and Pramod Deo, Chairman, CERC. The Trend section spoke about the Indian electrical equipment industry, which is pegged to be at $100 bn by 2022. Devendra Kamtekar, Vice President, Systems Engineering, Sales Organisation, India & SAARC, featured in the Opinion section. Green Innovation featured energy awards for green innovations.

December 2012
The edit focus of this issue focused on reviving the Indian power sector, on how the things are shaping up beyond Coalgate and wind energy seeking a revival in fortunes. Interaction featured G Srinivasan, Chairman, The New India Assurance Co. Permeet Singh, Advanced Technical Engineer, 3M India, shared his opinion on aluminium conductor composite reinforced (ACCR) conductors. Report was about power grid to enter distribution solution services, while Alok Gupta, Member (Hydro), CEA and Ex Officio Additional Secretary, Government of India, shared his views on matrix of integrated power systems.

January 2013
The January 2013 edition of Power Today focused on the new hope for renewable energy, and the Indian equipment industry. It also featured an insight on the need for energy efficiency and conservation for the power sector by Amit Kumar, Associate Director, and Kulbhushan Kumar, Senior Manager Energy Utilities and Mining Practice at PwC India. Interaction featured S Narsing Rao, Chairman, CIL. Opinion section featured Arvind Mahajan, Executive Director and Head of Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) sector at KPMG, who shared his views on the power industry's progress in 2012.

February 2013
The cover story of this issue was on energy trading, book discipline which is a key to success for power sector and industries paying huge price for inefficient power consumption. The Interaction section featured Rajesh K Mediratta, Director  Business Development, IEX. The special feature was on the power backup market, which will grow at 15-20 percent in the FY13. Spotlight was on NTPC's move to offload government holding, while Opinion featured the disinvestment saga of public enterprises.

March 2013
The edit for of the March 2013 issue spoke on the public sector enterprises, India's coal demand-supply gap and implementation of positive measures in the power sector. The Interaction section featured B Surender Mohan, Chairman & Managing Director, Neyveli Lignite Corporation. Rohini G, Senior Engineer, GE India, shared her views on doubly-fed induction generators in wind generation. Anil Sardana, MD, Tata Power, shares his opinion on exploring new renewable avenues. Finance section focused on M&A fundings, while the Trend section spoke about the powering the wireless world in power sector.

April 2013
The April 2013 edition of Power Today focused on the Union Budget 2013-14 for the Indian power sector. Interactions were with AK Dixit, CEO รป Energy Sector, Siemens India, and Shakti Sinha, CMD, Delhi Transco. The issue also carried a special feature on rising imports hitting the local equipment manufacturers. Technology spoke on safe practices for power cables, while spotlight featured on ACB India's plans to raise about Rs 1,200 crore through initial public offerings (IPO) and offer for sale (OFS). Trend featured L&T's introduction of smart mobile app for switchgears.

May 2013
The cover story of this issue spoke on the CERC ruling, which could be considered as a breakthrough for the energy sector. It also focused on CCBs de-allocation to speed up mine development. Interactions were with LK Gupta, MD and CEO, Essar Oil, and Archana Hingorani, CEO and ED, IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd (IIML). Viewpoint section featured Bettina Weiss, VP Business Development, SEMI Global; LR Shrivastav, CEO Thermal, Moser Baer Projects Private Ltd; and Anil Agrawal, ED, Hydro Power. The issue also had a special report on credit quality pressures, while spotlight was on Hager Electro's plans to expand base in India.

June 2013
The issue focus was on power industries that are heading towards consolidation, intelligent C&M system for hazardous environments and radar level measurement best practices. Interaction was with Sarajit Sen, MD Power Service, Doosan Power Systems India. Special feature was on agreement clauses in EPC contracts. This issue carried six articles under the Viewpoint section, featuring V Gokul Das, MD, HRS Process Systems; D Bruce Davis, Sales Director, PCC Energy Group; Gordon Dsouza, GM Marketing, Cooper Corporation; Martin Prickett, Regional Sales Manager, Centrax Ltd; Gopal Krishnan Gupta, CEO, TBEA Energy (India) Pvt Ltd; and Vipin Dave, GM, Ashtech Technologies Pvt Ltd. Opinion section featured Alok Gupta, Member, MPERC.

July 2013
The July 2013 edition of Power Today focused on the PSUs, who have been largely responsible for canvassing India's growth story and economic cornerstones. The issue also carried a special feature on Balance of Plant. Interactions were with Narsing Rao, Chairman, Coal India Ltd (CIL), and Subodh Garg, Director General of National Power Training Institute. Viewpoint featured Ajay Kumar Bishnoi, Chairman and MD, Tecpro Systems Ltd; MG Raoot, MD and CEO, Power Exchange India Ltd; and Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, Inox Wind. Opinion was on demand for standby power engines, while spotlight was on turnaround for Essar Energy.

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