Association Webinars: Impact of COVID on the Power Sectors in Emerging Economies and Actions for Recovery


The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy as well as the society has been unprecedented. In these troubling times of 'social distancing' and 'working from home', the centrality of electricity in powering our current and future societies is more evident than ever before. However, the power sector also is not immune to the adverse effects of the pandemic. The long-term impact of the current situation would only become apparent with time. While emerging economies continue to grapple with controlling the pandemic, policymakers have taken note of the fallout on the power sector and have started working on action plan for a quick recovery. In this IAEE webinar brings together leading experts from different emerging economies provides insights on the similarities and divergence in the impact of COVID-19 on their power sectors as well as debate possible learning and synergies on post-COVID-19 recovery actions.


Pradyumna Bhagwat is the Head of Research - FSR Global and Research Fellow at the Florence School of Regulation. He is an energy policy, regulation and market design expert. His current research interests include Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Capacity Mechanisms, Dynamic Tariffs, Grids for offshore winds etc. His work has been published as articles in leading academic journals, book chapters, reports and policy briefs. He is currently on the interim board of the Indian Association for Energy Economics (IAEE - India) and on the Advisory Board for the Istanbul Centre For Regulation (IC4R).


Alex Sandro Feil has a background in civil engineering and law and extensive experience in the private and public segments of the Brazilian Electric Sector. For more than 15 years, he has been working as a regulatory specialist at the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL). More recently, he began to dedicate himself to the study of the future of this sector in his country, enrolled in the University of Coimbra's Sustainable Energy Systems doctoral program, and with a period as a Visiting Fellow at the Florence School of Regulation.

Roula Inglesi-Lotz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at University of Pretoria, South Africa, as well as the President of the South African Association for Energy Economics (SAAEE). She is the 2019/2020 co-chair of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and a member of the Global Young Academy. Her research interests are mainly in the field of energy and environmental macroeconomics, economic growth and development as well as various econometric applications.

Sushanta K. Chatterjee is presently Chief (Regulatory Affairs) with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). He has long experience of dealing with power sector reforms, especially, Regulatory Reforms since its inception in 1998. He was actively involved in formulation of the Electricity Act, 2003.

Dr. Chatterjee has been a post doctoral research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, USA. He has a PhD in Management and MBA in Finance. He co-authored "The Electricity sector in India: Policy and Regulation" (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2012), and authored "S.K. Chatterjee's Commentary on the Electricity Laws of India" (Delhi Law House, 2006). He has published papers on renewable/REC (World Bank 2013 and NREL 2016). He completed research work as Principal Investigator on the topic "Meeting the Renewable Revolution: A Roadmap for Electricity Market Design in India" at International Growth Centre (IGC), London School of Economics, UK (2017).

Dr. Chatterjee's present academic and professional pursuits involve specialization in public policy and regulation with focus on renewable and market design. He has been instrumental in conceptualisation of the CERC staff discussion papers on real time market, day ahead market design, ancillary services framework, grid integration of renewable, renewable energy certificate mechanism. He is/has been a Member of various Government Committees. He is/has been a guest faculty for various academic, research and training institutions like PMI, NPTI, IIM(A), IIT(K), UPES, IIT (Roorkee), TERI, MIT (USA), LSE (UK), Florence School of Regulation (FSR).


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