The transformations not only in power sector but also the other sectors are a reflection of the changes induced in the environment over the last 2-3 decades. Despite the initial warnings, ‘Climate Change’ was not addressed seriously and when the repercussions of climate change (including the recent pandemic) became a little more serious, attention on reducing fossil fuels (supposed to be major contributor to climate change) is being attempted pretty seriously. As I have expressed my views earlier on “How well have we understood Climate Change”, it is indeed time for us to look at it holistically rather than individually. The recent havoc of floods and drought in several parts of the world has caused damages that need considerable time to recover. India has been experiencing unprecedented temperatures as early as February (2023) after almost 122 years. Summers are predicted to be tough and they are indeed good reasons to enhance power generation. One cannot foresee options other than those being attempted in the recent past (combination of fossil fuel and Renewable) even in the future. This may present a compelling situation and challenge to power sector not only for generation but more importantly, transmission and distribution.
In my personal opinion, the ideal platform that energy and utility professionals need to bank on is “Energy Central’. As a member of Energy Central for some time now, I have found it very useful and appropriate for two reasons: one, it has selective team of experts offering constructive opinion from time to time based on both technical and innovative developments. Secondly, the compilation of energy central publications provides the road map of the future so far as power sector is concerned.
One has other options based on the specific interest in many publications related to power like, Power Engineering, Power International, Power info, Renewable energy and so on. With emphasis on ‘Carbon neutrality’, the entry of IT professionals has given a new dimension to the power sector. Digitalization and advanced technologies have induced multiple options for the power sector and one may witness an entirely different scenario of power sector in the days to come.
Above all, the readings provide a greater insight into the developments of power sector to explore one’s own innovative ideas for the future.
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