Chief Engineer, CEA
Mr. Pankaj Batra did his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Diploma in Systems Management from NMIMS, Mumbai, Diploma in Financial Management from IGNOU, New Delhi and Diploma in Public Speaking from Nazareth Speakers Academy, Mumbai. He joined the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in 1983 through the UPSC’s Combined Engineering Services Examination.
He has worked in the Western Regional Load Despatch Centre (WRLDC) as a System Operator, operation and maintenance of Power House, Switchyard and Dam in Chukha Hydro Power Corporation in Bhutan and operation and maintenance of transmission and distribution system of Bhutan and also erection of the first 220 kV station in Bhutan at Thimphu.
He has also worked in the Grid Management in the CEA Headquarters, monitoring Regional Grids, analysis of grid disturbances and preparation of various technical reports. He was involved in the finalization of issues in the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC), Availability Based Tariff (ABT), Open Access, Power Exchange, etc. He framed the regulations of CEA on Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid and regulations on Grid Standards. He has prepared Report on Peaking Power Plants and ensuring adequate Reserves, Investigation of reasons of Stranded Generation Capacity in a scenario of shortages as well as Report on Integration of Renewables to the Grid.
He has worked as Chief (Engineering) in Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) formulating various Regulations, viz. Grant of Connectivity, Long-term Access and Medium-term Open Access, Measures to relieve congestion in real time operation, Grant of Regulatory Approval for Capital Investment to CTU for execution of Inter-State Transmission, the revised Indian Electricity Grid Code, Power Market Regulations, Regulation of Power Supply, Regulations on intervening transmission facilities, etc. He introduced various provisions of integration of renewables to the grid and smart grid in the IEGC.
He is presently working as Chief Engineer involved in Financial and Commercial Appraisal of power generation and transmission projects in the CEA, FDI in power, Financial Restructuring Plan of State Discoms, etc. and various policy issues. He was also Member Secretary of the National Reliability Council for Electricity.
He is the Chairperson of Working Group VI on “Policy and Regulation” in the India Smart Grid Forum. He is also Chairperson of the BIS Committee of LITD 10 – “Power System Control and Associated Communication”.