The security of energy assets, an alarming spread of ISIS across the Middle-East, sustained low oil prices, rise in cyber security threats and constant threats related to security of critical energy infrastructure have a significant impact on the future energy scenario.
The sixth edition of the Asia Energy Security Summit (AESS), an annual flagship event of the Independent Power Producers Association of India, is dedicated towards discussing and debating these issues and their repercussions on the energy sector. The summit would also delve on the future of shale gas and its viability in the long run and focus on renewable sources of energy especially hydro power generation and promotion of energy efficiency.
AESS, scheduled between March 1-3, 2016, in Radisson Goa Candolim, Goa, India, will bring together representatives from across Asia including government authorities, technical and energy experts, policymakers from energy ministries, senior diplomats, academicians and head of industries to discuss and debate issues relating to the entire energy spectrum, identify prospects, develop solutions and know about major forthcoming issues.
The key speakers at the event include General J. J. Singh (Retired), Fmr. Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army and Fmr. Governor of the State of Arunachal Pradesh; Mr. Narendra Taneja, Energy Expert and BJP Leader; Ms. Sudha Mahalingam, Fmr. Member - PNGRB and National Security Advisory Board, Government of India; Dr. Kayhan Barzegar, Director, Institute of Middle-East Strategic Studies, Iran; Mr. Ghaffar Hussain, Community Resilience Manager, London Borough of Newham, UK; Mr. Humayun Kabir, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United States; and Mr. Aman Ghalib, Renewable Energy, Director, Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan.
This year, the speakers will come together to throw light on the following issues:
• The new geopolitics of energy: developments and changing relations in the Gulf
• Depressed oil prices: challenges and opportunities
• Asia’s access to energy challenge in the Indian Ocean region
• Regulatory and policy challenges for cross-border trade of electricity in the SAARC region
• Connecting Tajikistan to Singapore through an integrated grid
• Geopolitics of water, hydro power potential and the possible water related face-offs
• Alternative energy options for smart cities in Asia
• Protection of critical energy infrastructure from cyber attacks
IPPAI is an independent body that provides a neutral platform for the discussion and examination of issues critical to the development of the private power sector in India.
The Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) was set up after the Government of India opened power generation to private players and invited developers to set up power projects in India. IPPAI was set up with the idea to provide a neutral forum to IPPs to discuss various issues and bottlenecks that the nascent industry faced.
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