Kumar Sanjay Krishna: Chairperson, Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission

Chairperson, Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission

An IAS officer of the 1985 batch, Kumar Sanjay Krishna was allotted the Assam cadre. During his tenure, he has held several key positions in Assam as well as in the central government. After his superannuation from the post of chief secretary, Assam, Krishna joined the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission as chairperson in January 2021. In his current role, he strategises and leads the commission towards recognising the vision of uninterrupted, good quality power supply to all in the state, at an affordable cost.

“At present, more than 70 per cent of the total power demand in the state is met with power allocated from central sector power stations located outside the state and from other sources. With greater demand and rising cost of power, it is pertinent that the state increases its own generating capacity in the years to come,” remarks Krishna. Renewable power capacity addition has started gaining momentum in Assam. “Recently, a 70 MW solar park was inaugurated at Amguri in Sivsagar district of Assam. The state plans to generate an additional 1,000 MW of solar power over the next five years,” he adds.

Going ahead, the central government’s Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme, which is under implementation in Assam with an initial outlay of Rs 87.27 billion, will play a crucial role in improving the distribution segment. With the introduction of the green energy market, discoms now have a greater choice for meeting their renewable purchase obligations. EVs and charging stations are gaining traction and the role of consumers has become significant as they now have the option to become electricity producers. Overall, Krishna believes that Assam is steadily moving towards a self-sufficient, environment- and consumer-friendly, and vibrant power sector.

According to Krishna, some of the biggest unresolved power sector challenges in the state are unavailability of adequate gas for generation and delays in a number of transmission and generation projects. Further, distribution licensees have failed to achieve the distribution loss targets despite huge infrastructural and technological investments. The high power purchase cost and low quality of power supply also continue to pose challenges.

He describes his management style as growth focused and transformational. He prefers to have a team with the right people to fulfil the objectives and vision of the organisation.