Shri Rakesh Nath, chairperson of India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA), will deliver the keynote address at Metering, Billing/CRM India 2008. The event will take place from October 14–16 in Mumbai, India.
Shri Rakesh Nath has over 32 years of experience in the power sector in different organizations, including the CEA, Bhakra Beas Management Board, Power Trading Corporation, Northern Regional Electricity Board, Western Region Electricity Board, National Thermal Power Corporation, and Rajasthan State Electricity Board. He has varied experience from the operation and maintenance of thermal and hydropower stations and transmission systems, maintenance of canal systems and regulation of water supply, to the operation of large interconnected regional power grids.
Shri Rakesh Nath was appointed as chairman of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) in 2001 and was responsible for the administration, operation and maintenance of Bhakra Beas hydro station with installed capacity of 2,866 MW – the largest hydro complex in the Northern Region. During his tenure, BBMB achieved a record peak generation and the availability of plants increased substantially. During his tenure as whole time director of the Power Trading Corporation during the years 2000-2001, he initiated important power trading transactions from surplus to deficit areas of the country and turned the Corporation into a profit earning company. He was a member of Indian delegations visiting Islamabad in November 1998 on power trading with Pakistan and Kathmandu in September 2001 to promote Indo-Nepal power trade. He participated in talks with the government of Pakistan at New Delhi in January/February 1999.
Shri Rakesh Nath has been the member secretary of the Northern and Western regional electricity boards, the two largest regional grids of the country, and also a member of various other committees appointed by the government of India to inquire into grid failures in different regions and to suggest remedial measures. He was convener of working groups set up by the government to prepare guidelines for inter-regional power exchange, which paved the way for structuring inter-regional power transfers across the country.
He was appointed chairman of the CEA in October 2005.