Over the past 2-3 years there has been little to cheer about for companies in the energy sector in India and 2013 most likely will be remembered as an year that saw a new low in terms of growth in the energy. The policy paralysis or indecision has led to a grinding halt in new investments in energy & infrastructure sector and the companies are awaiting for a fresh lease of life that 2014 is anticipated to bring about. However, some of the bold steps taken by government at the centre in 2013 has set a positive tone for some of the sectors in the larger energy envelop; for instance, doubling of gas price from $4.2 per mmbtu to $8.4 mmbtu over premise that it will spur investment in the oil and gas exploration and production segment is one of such bold step taken by the government. Announcement of shale gas policy which defined role of PSU Oil & Gas companies like ONGC, OVL etc...is another such important policy that would take India a step further on its effort to be self reliant in terms of serving energy needs. In renewable energy industry, solar roof-top took centre stage in 2013 and generation based incentive was re-introduced to spur growth in stagnating wind energy sector. A green grid concept also was crystallized in 2013 which would efficiently integrate intermittent source of power generation and immune the national grid from any bottleneck that could lead to blackout as seen in July, 2012. In Coal sector, CIL remained in news throughout the year for not taking any significant initiatives that could improve its operational efficiency and bridge the gap between coal demand and that available for supply. MDO / Coal Washeries are other CIL based initiatives that is expected to increase coal output by private participation and washeries for improving the coal quality for which CIL was in perpetual mess with NTPC.
InfraInsights in its research report "India Energy Sector Outlook 2017: Assessing Likely Demand ~ Supply Scenario for Electricity, Coal, Oil & Gas by 2017" will analyze some of the key events that shaped 2013 and is likely to shape the energy markets in India in the immediate short term till the end of XIIth plan i.e. 2017. InfraInsights will undergo an in-depth data modelling exercise to forecast energy demand supply balance likely to emerge in India by 2017. The report will provide critical data and insights required to draw India market strategy for both Indian and MNCs companies either already operating in India market or looking to commit significant some of money into this market that has huge appetite for consuming energy. The report will provide detailed analysis on demand and supply scenario that is likely to emerge across different primary source of energy consumed in India. The report is an attempt to pre-empt the overall primary energy mix of India by 2017. The report will also provide detailed and critical analysis of policy and regulatory events that are likely to throw both opportunity and challenges for companies operating in energy sector in India.