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Accelerating Clean Energy in India 2023

Accelerating Clean Energy, or ACE, is WRI India’s flagship annual event where fresh insights into ongoing and emerging research streams on global energy transitions, and their implications on India, would be presented and discussed.

In July 2023, India hosted the 8th Mission Innovation (MI –8) jointly with the 14th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) alongside the G20 Energy Transition Ministerial Meetings (ETMM) in Goa. The focus for this year’s Ministerial was Advancing Clean energy together, to accelerate the deployment of clean energy by encouraging the development of policies and programs which advance clean energy technology and solutions around the world.

Following these conversations, ACE 2023 will be discussing the following important themes:

  1. Leadership in Indian cities on clean energy transition
  2. Industrial decarbonization
  3. Energy transition in states
  4. Critical minerals for India’s clean energy transition

In this fourth edition of ACE, we at WRI India’s Energy Program, are looking forward to these discussions and much more, to ensure India achieves its ambitious goals of carbon neutrality by 2070 and lives up to its pledges on renewables and Sustainable Development Goals.

View the full list of videos from ACE 2023 here:


  • Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
  • Ghanshyam Prasad, Chairperson, Central Electricity Authority
  • Dr. Saon Ray, Visiting Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
  • Apoorva Kaiwar, Regional Secretary, South Asia, IndustriALL Global Union
  • Vishal Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
  • Santhosh Muzumdar, Director, Government Relations and Sustainability, Johnson Controls India
  • Sishir Garimella, Head of International Business Development, PV Evolution Labs
  • Abhijit Ghorpade, Director, Climate Change Cell, Government of Maharashtra
  • Hans Raj Verma,* IAS, Additional Chief Secretary*, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation (TIIC) & Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA)
  • Shantanu Dixit, Member, Prayas (Energy Group)
  • Sambit Basu, Director, Programs and Chief Energy Economist, Power Foundation India, Ministry of Power, Government of India
  • Rajiv Kumar, General Manager, SIDBI and CEO, India SME Technology Services Limited
  • Dr. R. Harikumar, Director, Energy Management Centre, Government of Kerala
  • Dr. Rajesh Chadha, Senior Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress
  • Prof. Kristin Vekasi, Associate Professor, University of Maine
  • Ekta Mehra, Senior Sector Specialist, KfW Development Bank
  • Rezky Zain, Climate and Energy Senior Analyst, WRI Indonesia
  • Madhav Pai, CEO, WRI India
  • Bharath Jairaj, Executive Director, Energy Program, WRI India

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