Manoj Kumar Jain: Member (Technical), Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission

Member (Technical), Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission

Manoj Kumar Jain is a te­ch­nocrat with over 42 ye­ars of diverse experience in electricity generati­on, transmission and distribution in Uttar Pradesh and Uttara­kh­and. In April 2019, he moved into the core regulatory sector, taking over as member (technical), Uttarakhand Elec­tri­city Re­gu­latory Commission (UERC). Prior to jo­ining the commission, he served as director (projects), Uttara­kh­and Power Cor­po­ration Limited (UPCL). He also served as managing director, UPCL from Novem­ber 30, 2016 to April 7, 2017.

At UERC, his role is to envision sustainable solutions that are conducive to the growth of the generation, transmissi­on and distribution segments and ensure availability, ac­c­essibility, affordability and quality of power supply.

On the state of the power sector in Uttarakhand, Jain no­tes that the generation se­gment is do­minated by hydro and is ex­­pected to see capacity ad­d­­i­­tion in the coming years. This will not only reduce the dependence on interstate ge­nerating stations but also help in reducing the dependence on fossil fuel-based power plants. In transmission, he belie­ves that the need of the hour is to create robust EHV links within the intra-state transmission network to facilitate power evacuation from intra-state generators to load cent­re locations. “Uttarakhand has a tough ge­ogra­phical terrain and, therefore, ma­intaining availability, accessibility and reliability of supply is a challenge. How­ever, by and la­rge, these parameters have remain­ed better than the national average,” he adds. The state is making efforts to im­pro­ve energy accounting, control AT&C losses, and increase metering, billing and collection.

Jain’s most memorable assignment goes back to the time when he was SDO in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Despite the inhospitable conditions in the area, he and his team successfully constructed and commissioned 33 kV lines to provide quality power to consu­mers in remote areas. Another assignment he cherishes is restoring supply during the June 2013 disaster in Kedarnath.

Jain follows an inclusive, bottom-up approach in terms of management. His principle is “either convince me or get convinced by me”. An electronics engine­er from the Madan Mohan Malviya Uni­versity of Technology, Gorakhpur, he also pursued a master’s in engineering in solid-state electronics from IIT-Roorkee before joining the Uttar Pradesh State El­ec­tricity Board.