State Secretary Rainer Baake (centre) with Secretary Pradeep Kumar Pujari of India?s Power Ministry (r.) and India?s Ambassador to Germany, Gurjit Singh (l.)
The seventh session of the Indo-German Energy Forum took place on 29 September 2016. It was co-chaired by Rainer Baake, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Pradeep Kumar Pujari, State Secretary in Indias Ministry of Power.
At the opening of the Forum, State Secretary Baake said to the more than one hundred participants: "Today, we can look back on ten years of a successful Indo-German energy partnership. And since the Modi government announced its ambitious expansion targets for renewables, our cooperation has become even more dynamic. India is the third-largest economy in Asia and is an important market for German business. This opens up a vast range of opportunities for economic cooperation - an opportunity that we, as an international market leader in energy technologies, should certainly make use of. I am also glad that we are able to offer the Indian side experience and solutions for many technological and systemic issues."
India aims to increase its power generation capacities by 100 GW (photovoltaics), 60 GW (wind) and 15 GW (biomass) by 2022. For this reason, Germany and India intend to orient their future cooperation even more strongly to the expansion of renewables and the issue of grid stability. The private sector in both countries is to be closely involved in this work.