Technical Session II of North-East Green Summit, 2016 entitled “Green Power: Engaging Business and Consumers to Influence Policy” was held on November 5, 2016 at NEHU, Tura campus. Introduction to the session was given by the coordinator, Dr Abhigyan Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor, Department of Management of NEHU, Tura Campus. The Moderator of the session, Dr SK Srivastava, Professor, Department of Research Development and Acquisition Plan (RDAP), NEHU, Tura Campus introduced the speakers and formally started the session.
CP Marak, Chairman, Pollution Control Board, Meghalaya, in his talk, highlighted the perspective of the discussion on Green power and how it is a recent area of focus. The present step should be to try to solve the gaps of the past policies regarding Green Power, that is, finance, technology and social acceptance. He also emphasized the high potentiality of Northeast India for the production of Tidal energy.
UN Madan, Director, Meghalaya Non-Conventional and Rural Energy Development Agency (MNREDA) spoke on the necessity of shifting the concept of electricity as mere consumption to productive source. Government policies confined to renewable resources and business are not popular because renewable need continuous management. He shared the upcoming project on Bamboo pallet grass plant.
Vinod Kumar Painuly from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) spoke on the potentiality of clean gas in North-East India. Sivaraj T, from Uravu Indigenous Science and Technology Study Centre, Wayanad, Kerala, emphasized on the necessity of inviting and involving youth and students in various activities related to Green Power.
(Dr.Bhattacharjee is an Associate Professor, Department of Management of North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Tura Campus, Meghalaya)