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The International Institute for Energy Conservation has partnered with The US Hydropower Council for International Development (US Hydropower) to analyze market barriers to small hydropower development with member companies who are actively developing projects in India. The team is conducting an on-going policy dialogue with developers and other stakeholders to discuss investment and development issues which they are currently facing, particularly in the small and medium sized hydropower projects.

 

In response to the need to find solutions to the market barriers that hamper investment and development of small hydropower in India, the program has formed an Advisory Panel of Experts on Small Hydropower Development in India which will serve as a resource and a network to solve problems as they arise. The panel is a flexible and dynamic group of acknowledged experts from the U.S. hydropower industry, U.S. government agencies, the Indian small hydropower industry and the Indian central and state government agencies, and the first meeting of the advisory panel was held in November 2006 in New Delhi.



The team has also organized state focused round table consultations in the state of Uttaranchal in October 2006. Consultations with stakeholders in the states of Maharashtra and Himanchal Pradesh are also in the pipeline. The groups focused on the policy issues, finance mechanisms, and technical barriers to achieving the significant addition of small hydropower capacity identified by the Government of India as necessary to meet growing energy demand and a critical need for peaking power. It is anticipated that the recommendations collectively made by the panel and the state group will constructively inform the debate on issues of concern at the national and state level in both the public and private sectors. For more information on US Small Hydropower India Program, please contact Dolly Jain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .