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Nepal: Panel Discussion- Role of renewables need new orientation

Nepal’s current energy crisis is hitting the headlines, both nationally and internationally. The disruption of supplies of petroleum products especially after the series of protests from Madeshi Morcha -consortium of political parties of Terai region,stating their reservation on Nepal’s new constitution promulgated on September 20, 2015 triggered new debates on energy in the country. Regular power cuts from the state operated NEA in the country is not new. Given the lack of adequate electricity supplies, many of the  industries, enterprises that relied on diesel operated systems to run their businesses and operation at the expense of high operation cost are now suffering further with the disruption of supplies. Households and businesses are now urgently looking for alternatives. Slowly, talk of renewable as alternative measures to lessen the country’s burden on imported fuels started gathering pace. Government of Nepal is receiving a massive criticism for not being able to abate the growing energy crisis in the country  obliging them to seek every possible available alternatives. People and policy makers are now contemplating whether development of indigenous renewable energy resources could be the panacea. If timely planned and adequate resources are invested, renewable energy options provide exciting opportunities to provide the huge energy supplies and in lowering the cost of services. Leveraging private sector finance, exploring the potential RET investment opportunities, setting the right policies and institutions ready is more pressing. Now the debate goes- What NEXT? What policies, institutions, collaborations can led us to the new energy secured future?

After the success of past episodes of Renewable Energy Weeks in 2013 and 2014 in creating considerable renewable energy awareness among people and in persuading them to adopt these technologies, Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) just concluded with the another episode of Renewable Energy Exhibition 2016 that ran three days starting  the 1s of January 2016.

Considering the exhibition to be a right platform that can be seized to take opportunities to discuss the new prospect of renewable energy and it’s the changing role in the debate of energy security, AEPC hosted a policy debate on the last day of the exhibition with the key sector leaders, policy makers, professionals, think tank, media, private and other civil society actors working in RE industry.  The event highlights few of the challenges and opportunities for scaling up renewables in the country. Here are some of the quick quotes from the panel discussions.

“AEPC lacks sufficient mandate to promote renewable energy in urban areas, structural reforms needed” MR. Ram Prasad Dhital, Executive Director, AEPC. Further says – “a higher level coordinating entity among government agencies working in energy is a must for improved coordination in the sector”

“lack of clear licensing policies & conducive frameworks and guidelines is hindering  private sector investment in renewables”- Kumar Pandey, FNCCI

“Existing ‘RE delivery mechanism’ a major bottleneck in delivering renewable energy services, needs a massive overhaul’. Khimananda Kandel, Water and Energy Consultants’ Association (WECAN)

“Government of Nepal is willing to increase subsidies on renewables” says, Mr. Biswendra Paswan. Minister, Ministry of Population and Environment.

Feed in Tariff policies for different types of renwables can be a ‘game changer, its all about setting right policies and demonstrating tangible commitment and willingness from the policy makers  in scaling up renewables in Nepal‘- Mr. Surya Kumar Sapkota, Assistant Director, AEPC

“AEPC shouldn’t loose its focus on off grid rural villages while attempting to cater the urban energy needs, there’re still many unserved communities to reach as many still lack the basic modern energy access”. Mr. Madhusudhan Adhikari, National Advisor, AEPC