As part of TV18's Change India series, CEEW CEO Dr Arunabha Ghosh was invited to participate in a panel discussion on the energy agenda for the next PM. The complete agenda for the discussion can be read here. His co-panellists were Dr Kirit Parikh, Dr Rajendra Pachauri (via satellite), Mr Shakti Sinha and Mr Dhiraj Nayyar. The show, recorded in English and Hindi, was broadcasted on 1 and 2 March across all TV18 channels. The channels included CNN IBN, IBN 7, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC TV 18, ETV UP, ETV MP, ETV Bihar, ETV Rajasthan and ETV Urdu.
During the discussion, Dr Ghosh highlighted the growing energy demand of the poor and said that they were subsidising the rich in India by paying 30% more energy access. Speaking on renewables, he felt that more creativity was required to utilise the untapped potential across the country. Solar he believed should be treated as an infrastructure sector, rather than charity. When asked about the privatisation of energy PSUs, he said that before such a step was taken it would be important to chart out the way forward for these organisations. With regards to ending Coal India’s monopoly, Dr Ghosh commented that this move would not solve all the problems. He suggested that it would be equally critical to deal with poor quality coal and inefficient power plants. These were some of his critical suggestions on the energy agenda discussions.