IGA Participation at the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF)

From 12-13 Feb. the IGA attended two meetings of the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) at the German Ministry of Economics and Technology.

The Sub Group 2 “Renewable Energies” meeting on 12 Feb. and the 5th IGEF Meeting on 13 Feb. 2013. The IGEF aims at enhancing and strengthening the cooperation between India and Germany in the energy sector. Main objectives include the promotion of clean energy sources, knowledge sharing on recent technologies, encouraging private sector engagement in the energy sector, fostering pilot projects, policy dialogue, etc. In the Sub Group 2 “Renewable Energies” the focus so far has been on solar and hydro. However, the German and Indian SG chairs emphasized that the focus is intended to be broadened and shall in the future also include other technologies such as bioenergy, offshore wind and geothermal. A short contribution was fed into the meeting by Marietta Sander on geothermal energy resources and potential in India. The SG chairs asked to be kept informed on geothermal energy and it is planned to feed in updated information on geothermal sites into the Forum subsequent to the upcoming IGA Board meeting in Leh, India. Contacts were established to representatives of the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energies (MNRE) , Ministry of Power of India, the German Development Bank (KfW), the German International Cooperation (GIZ), the training institute RENAC and Indian private sector representatives. The GIZ energy division director and Indian chair/ MNRE representative invited Marietta Sander to the Ministry once in New Delhi to share current geothermal project information. A photo of the chairs Stefan Kapferer (German State Secretary, BMWi), Mr. P. Uma (Indian Ministry of Power), Mrs Sujatha Singh (Ambassador of India), Mrs Jyoti Aroracan (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power of India) can be viewed below.

In the evening of 12 February the Indian Ambassador to Germany Mrs Sujatha Singh invited the participants to the Indian Embassy in Berlin for an official reception (see photo).

Stefan Kapferer (German State Secretary, BMWi), Mr. P. Uma (Indian Ministry of Power), Mrs Sujatha Singh (Ambassador of India), Mrs Jyoti Aroracan (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power of India)

The Indian Ambassador to Germany Mrs Sujatha Singh invited the participants to the Indian Embassy in Berlin for an official reception