Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate a three-day international conference on ‘Energy-secure India: Options and strategies’ here on Friday.

He will also distribute the State energy conservation awards on the occasion, a spokesman for the organisers said.


Aryadan Mohammed, Minister for Electricity and Transport, will preside while K. Muraleedharan, MLA, and former minister of electricity, will deliver a special address.

K.C. Venugopal, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, will inaugurate the session on ‘Renewable energy for security’ on Saturday.

The event is being organised to coincide with national energy conservation day, 60th year of Japan-India diplomatic relations and international year of sustainable energy for all.

The programme will feature a business meet jointly with the Kerala Chapter of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Industry leaders, senior administrators and academicians and practitioners will participate in the meet to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.


Pre-event tutorials will be held on the previous day on ‘solar photovoltaic power stations’ with Chem Nayar of Curtin University, Perth.

Nayar is an expert in renewable energy, and won the sustainable Energy Industry Excellence and Innovation Ambassador Award of Australia in 2011. 2

The other tutorial on ‘power quality and energy efficiency’ will have Francis M. Fernandez of College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, in the lead.

Seminars on ‘Best practices in energy security’; ‘Role of renewables in energy security;’ and ‘Challenges in meeting energy access’ are proposed for the rest of the two days.

Jebamalai Vinanchi Arachi, former principal adviser to Director-General of UNIDO and Alexander Varghese, former UNIDO representative in Kenya, will jointly present a paper on the UNIDO model for energy security in remote rural areas.


Chem Nayar will talk on energy security in small islands and remote communities through innovative micro-grid systems.

V.S.K. Murthy Balijepalli, award-winning researcher at IIT-Bombay, will make a presentation on smart grid technology development trends and options for deployment in India.

Among organisers of the event are Energy Management Centre-Kerala; Japan Cultural and Information Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; International Non-Governmental Cooperation Organisation for Renewable Energy; and Society of Energy Engineers and Managers.

Sponsors include State Council for Science, Technology and Environment; Petroleum Conservation Research Association; State department for environment and climate change; and Kerala State Electricity Board.

(This article was published on December 11, 2012)
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