Education: Ph.D in Role of Emerging Global Energy Governance and International Solar Alliance in achieving Sustainable Development Goal, MSc., M.Phil, MBA in Strategic Management
Experience : 36
He is a career civil servant, who joined Indian Administrative Service in 1984 and rose to the highest level of Secretary to the Government of India heading the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in the year 2017 till 2020. He has held many significant assignments in the Government of Kerala and in Government of India. He has built expertise in the renewable energy and housing regulation sectors.
He is currently the Chairman of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority of Delhi.
Achievements in the Renewable Energy Sector:
→ Enhanced total renewable energy capacity (installed, under installation or under bidding) from 60 GW in 2017 to 155 GW in April, 2020 (with 88 GW installed, 35 GW under various stages of installation and 33 GW under various stages of bidding)
→ For the first time, under his leadership Renewable Ministry forecasted power demand of 500 GW upto 2030 and gave trajectory for bidding & creation of new capacity till that year
→ Planned linking the potential solar and wind areas with main transmission lines.
→ Prepared a road map to augment existing and add new transmission capacity of 66.5 GW to evacuate planned 175 GW of renewable power by the year 2022.
→ Designed and implemented various short/medium/long term policies, programs and strategies for enhancing deployment and integration of renewable energy (solar, wind, bio and hydro).
→ Planned for financial closure and implementation of Renewable Energy projects, assess tariffs considering associated risks, renewable energy auction bids and evaluated existing energy assets and power purchase agreements.
→ Planned exploitation of potential of offshore wind & creation of new testing facilities for offshore wind turbines.
→ Designed new Renewable Energy products like hybrid Renewable Energy (solar & wind) power, Renewable Energy peaking power, round the clock Renewable Energy power were developed and bid out. India became the first and largest bidder of Renewable Energy peaking and round the clock Renewable Energy power in the world.
→ Implemented international standards in the wind sector and created Dispute Resolution Committee.
→ Prepared and published through National Institute of Wind Energy, solar - wind potential atlas after assessing the solar and wind potential of various geographical regions in the country. New sites for putting solar and wind power projects both on-shore and off-shore, like Ladakh, Khavada, Tuticorin, Lakshadweep were identified.
→ Shared best practices and technologies for reducing cost of solar and wind projects on various international platforms like G-20, IRENA, IEA.
International Acclaims for achievements in Renewable Energy sector:
→ UN Secretary General appreciated publicly India’s policy to continue with Renewable Energy (including solar) Bids during COVID-19 time.
→ India became first country to design and finalise large bids for Peaking Renewable Energy (with solar and wind) Power, Round the Clock (Renewable Energy with storage) Power.
→ Planned and finalised proposal for opening Renewable Energy Exchange.
→ Conceptualised implementation of ‘One Sun, One Grid, One World’ initiative.
Worked at various senior positions in the Government, both at federal and state levels, and with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Africa, he has demonstrated extra-ordinary leadership qualities and skills for managing multi-cultural organizations with innovative approach and strategic vision.