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The India Energy Hour podcast features in-depth conversations with leading energy, development and climate experts from academia, civil society, and the government. Through these interviews, we explore Indian energy transitions’ most pressing hurdles and promising opportunities. We look at the role that government, financial markets, social movements, and science plays in transition. Over time, we will examine energy issues in other Global South countries as well. The podcast is co-hosted by Shreya Jai, a leading energy and climate change reporter, and Sandeep Pai, an energy transitions researcher, and author. The show is produced by Tejas Dayananda Sagar, a multimedia journalist with 101Reporters.

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The India Energy Hour podcast features in-depth conversations with leading energy, development and climate experts from academia, civil society, and the government. Through these interviews, we explore Indian energy transitions’ most pressing hurdles and promising opportunities. We look at the role that government, financial markets, social movements, and science plays in transition. Over time, we will examine energy issues in other Global South countries as well. The podcast is co-hosted by Shreya Jai, a leading energy and climate change reporter, and Sandeep Pai, an energy transitions researcher, and author. The show is produced by Tejas Dayananda Sagar, a multimedia journalist with 101Reporters.

    Episode 27 - Green Energy & Ecology: Land, Farmers & an Endangered Bird

    Episode 27 - Green Energy & Ecology: Land, Farmers & an Endangered Bird

    India's renewable energy sector is facing an unusual dilemma - on one side are the ambitious targets set out by the government and on the other are problems and issues that come with rampant growth and increase in size of the industry.

    One such issue is the GIB or Great Indian Bustard case in Rajasthan and Gujarat where 20 GW of solar and wind power projects face an uncertain future. Planned in the breeding areas of GIB, an endangered bird, green energy and ecology are in direct conflict.

    Subrahmanyam Pulipaka is leading the fight from the end of the industry. He is CEO of National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), a non profit, non government representative body of the solar sector in the country. Having dabbled both research and project development career paths, Subrahmanyam is looking at ways and means for both energy and ecology to co-exist.



    Timestamp:
    0:00 - Podcast intro

    1:56 - About Subrahmanyam Pulipaka and what it is to be in policy advocacy.

    14:19 - Land and ecology issues being faced by the renewable energy sector.

    18:57 - Genesis of the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) controversy and the repercussions.

    28:19 - Importance of the GIB native land in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

    34:44 - Cost implications due to the GIB matter.

    36:58 - Need of Environmental Impact Assessment for green energy projects.

    43:33 - Bearing the additional cost for saving the ecology - how receptive is the industry and locals?

    48:34 - Where is the land then for 500 GW dream target?

    57:30 - How do the investors look at these problems?

    1:02:47 - Key policy changes required to change the face of this sector.

    1:09:22 - Podcast outro

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    Episode 26 - India's annual summer affair with Coal/Power Crisis

    Episode 26 - India's annual summer affair with Coal/Power Crisis

    As it has been happening for years now, coal and power crisis has gripped India yet again. Severe heatwaves caused due to climate crisis coupled with mismatch in coal demand and supply, led to a nationwide power crisis.

    Electricity distribution utilities are resorting to power cuts, Centre is pushing imported coal and ministries of coal and railways are at loggerheads.

    To guide us through this maze of crisis, our host Dr. Sandeep Pai spoke with two journalists with their ears on the ground. Sarita C Singh, a seasoned energy journalist and an expert on fossil fuels and energy policies...along with our co-host Shreya Jai, senior energy and climate journalist.

    Timestamp:
    0:00 - Podcast intro

    2:42 - What is the genesis of the coal/power crisis?

    8:15 - Why there is always a knee jerk reaction to this?

    13:44 - Govt pushes states, gencos to import coal. How feasible it is?

    17:24 - Did gas or renewables play a role in this crisis?

    21:21 - Do you think there is a plan B for gas?

    23:44 - How can renewable play a role in averting such crisis in the future?

    26:47 - How can discoms find a way to make payments?

    35:44 - How does coal crisis impact India's climate mitigation plan? Can coal be retired at all?

    45:29 - Shouldn’t India be more aggressive on decentralised renewable system?

    50:00 - How do we ensure that this crisis doesn’t happen again next year?

    54:46 - Podcast outro



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    Episode 25 - Money, Scale, Intent: Path to Climate Mitigation

    Episode 25 - Money, Scale, Intent: Path to Climate Mitigation

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group III recently released a report on climate change mitigation. It assessed methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and provided many policy solutions for how countries can contain the climate crisis.

    To understand what this new IPCC report says, we interviewed Professor Navroz Dubash of the Center for Policy Research and Professor Harald Winkler of the University of Cape Town. Both Navroz and Harald are contributing lead authors of the report and have decades of experience working on climate policy issues.



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    Episode 24 - Climate Stories from the Corners of India

    Episode 24 - Climate Stories from the Corners of India

    Increased heat, drought and wildfires are all linked to climate change. Climate change has altered the physical geography in rural areas by disappearing flora and fauna, and other natural habitats that constitute the livelihood of the local people.

    In order to understand the ground reality of climate impact in rural areas, we spoke with M Raghuram, Senior Journalist from Karnataka; Shuchita Jha, Journalist at Down To Earth, India; and Tazeen Qureshy, Independent Journalist based in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.



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    Episode 23 - Climate change impacts & adaptation: Does India have a plan?

    Episode 23 - Climate change impacts & adaptation: Does India have a plan?

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report recently that made global headlines. A fact from the report came out as a dire warning - over 40% of the world's population is "highly vulnerable" to climate change. However, there is much more in this report, which was authored by 270 researchers from 67 countries. The report explains the global and regional impacts of climate change, evaluates the adaptation efforts and explains the vulnerabilities faced by humans with rising temperatures.

    To understand what this new IPCC report says climate change could and is costing Indians, we interviewed Chandni Singh, Senior Researcher at Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Chandni is one of the co-authors of the IPCC report and has authored many other important reports on the topics ranging from climate change, adaptation, vulnerability, migration to livelihoods.



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    Episode 22 - Towards a thriving power market in India

    Episode 22 - Towards a thriving power market in India

    Since 2003 when the electricity market in India opened up to private investment, variety of market mechanisms also came up along with it. Long term power purchase agreements have been backbone of power supply in the country. But other short and medium terms contracts have helped meeting sudden demand surge, acted as bridge supply and lately given sale options for renewable energy. Similar contracts have now emerged in the Gas market as well. To understand how the Indian energy trading market works, how it can be made more efficient and real-time, we talked with Rajesh K Mediratta. Mediratta is a sector veteran and has worked with Load Despatch Centres, power system operator and has been instrumental in launching India's first electricity trading platform -  Indian Electricity Exchange. He is currently MD and CEO, Indian Gas Exchange.



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    0:00 - Podcast intro

    0:50 - About RK Mediratta and his professional journey

    17:50 - Journey of India’s Electricity trading market

    30:25 - Typical contracts that the power exchanges offer in India and how the price discovery mechanism works

    33:37 - Level of intervention by the platform in price discovery

    36:46 - Convincing discoms to come on exchanges - Allegations of windfall gain during times of electricity supply shortage.

    44:47 - How do other electricity markets in Europe function

    50:50 - How does Gas exchange function in India?

    57:15 - Will gas exchange act as a bridge fuel and help the Indian electricity market in any way? Can both exist in sync?

    1:00:15 - Possibility of coal trading in India

    1:04:33 - What kind of role can electricity exchange play in the energy transition in India?

    1:08:16 - What is the next big thing that the Indian energy market will witness?

    1:10:55 - Podcast outro



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Fills much needed gaps

Despite the proliferation of energy podcasts, there is a need to go deep in certain countries, especially in the global south and absolutely for a country as important to the energy transition as India. Western audiences might need to stick India-specific phrases and context. I’d strongly recommend that energy aficionados stick with it. The hosts are pros in this space.

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