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Tamil Nadu Sustainable Energy Transformation Dialogues | தமிழ்நாடு மின் துறை: வளங்குன்றா வளர்ச்சி பாதைகள்

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Tamil Nadu Sustainable Energy Transformation Dialogues (TN-SET Dialogues) is a two-day event led by a consortium that includes WRI India, Auroville Consulting (AVC) and Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) where we discuss emerging trends and attempt to gain insights into the energy transition trajectory of Tamil Nadu.

As one of India’s industrial powerhouses and a leader in renewable energy (RE), TN is on the cusp of an energy transition. The state is endowed with high insolation and wind resource potential and can soon promote RE as the main source of energy. TN is also tackling climate change proactively with initiatives like Green-Tamil Nadu Mission, TN Wetland Mission, TN Solar Policy 2019; and TN EV Policy 2019.

We convene just as COP27 ends at Sharm el-Sheikh giving us an opportunity to reflect on Tamil Nadu’s role in India’s just announced low emissions pathways in Egypt. The state’s ambitious RE targets and clean energy measures are in step with India’s long-term vision. However, for the state to transform the sector we will need to go beyond progress in RE and at the very minimum ensure it leads to integrated clean energy for the state. With an expected boom in power demand, and new and emerging clean energy technologies, long-term environmental and financial sustainability are issues that require further focus.

At the TN-SET Dialogues we would have multi-stakeholder sessions sharing views on TN’s long-term vision on decarbonization and the immediate steps being taken as the state attempts to meet its growing energy demand in a sustainable manner.


  • Vikram Kapur, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Planning and Development, Government of Tamil Nadu
  • Supriya Sahu, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Environment, Climate Change and Forests, Government of Tamil Nadu (TBC)
  • V Arun Roy, IAS, Secretary, Dept. of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of Tamil Nadu
  • Umesh Ramamoorthi, Senior Researcher and Consultant - Utilities, Energy, and Water, Auroville Consulting
  • M Manoharan, Director (Tariff), Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC)
  • Rajeswari, Chief Financial Controller, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) (TBC)
  • P Muthusamy, Former Director Engineering, Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC)
  • T Ramakrishnan, Sr. Asst Editor, The Hindu
  • Rahul Balaji, Advocate, Madras High Court
  • Aarti Khosla, Founder and Director, Climate Trends
  • Ann Josey, Fellow, Prayas Energy (Group)
  • Dr. Ravi Segal, Strategic Technical Consultant, EnTraCon Services
  • Ramakrishnan Gopalakrishna, General Manager, Business Development, Wärtsilä Energy
  • Kiran Kumar Alla, Senior Director, Plug Power
  • S Yuvaraj Moorthy, Chief Technology Officer, GreenNext - Schneider Electric India
  • Martin Scherfler, Co-Founder, Auroville Consulting
  • Pooja Kulkarni, IAS, MD & CEO, Guidance, Government of Tamil Nadu (TBC)
  • Simranjeet Singh Kahlon, IAS, Commissioner, Madurai Corporation, Government of Tamil Nadu
  • Vishnu Rao, Senior Researcher, Consumer Protection, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG)
  • G Sundarrajan, Poovulagin Nanbargal
  • MS Sampath, President, Madurai District Tiny & Small-Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA)
  • S Venkatachalam, Member, The Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI)
  • Vinuta Gopal, Chief Executive Officer, Asar Social Impact Pvt Limited
  • Priyanka Thirumurthy, Regional Engagement Associate, Climate Trends
  • Bharath Jairaj, Executive Director, Energy, WRI India
  • Deepak Krishnan, Associate Director, Energy, WRI India
  • Sripathi Anirudh, Program Associate, Energy, WRI India
  • Sandhya Sundararagavan, Lead, Energy, WRI India
  • Vaisakh Suresh Kumar, Project Associate, Energy, WRI India
  • Kajol, Senior Manager, Energy, WRI India
  • Amit Kumar, Senior Fellow, WRI India


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