:: Shri Pravinbhai Patel
:: Member (Technical)
Pravinbhai Patel joined the Commission as Member (Tech) in August 2009. He is an Electrical Engineer and prior to joining the Commission, was working in Central Electricity Authority for 34 years in various capacities. His field of experience includes Thermal Power Planning, Regional...
Grid Operation, Enforcement of Electricity Rules and Monitoring of Hydro Power Projects. He joined CEA in 1975 and was attached with Planning and Techno-economic appraisal of thermal power plants. He was associated with site selection for Super Thermal Power Stations and World Bank appraisal team for the first Super Thermal Power Station at Singrauli (U.P.)
He worked in various capacities in the Regional Electricity Boards (now Regional Power Committees) in Western, North Eastern and Southern Regions. In Western Regional Electricity Board, he was associated with integrated operation of the Western Regional Grid and establishment of the first computer based Regional Load Despatch Centre at Mumbai. In North Eastern Regional Electricity Board, he was instrumental to implementation of Regional Energy Accounting in the N.E. Region. In the Southern Regional Electricity Board, he looked after the System Protection and Commercial aspects of regional grid operation.
He worked in the Regional Inspectorial Organization of CEA and was responsible for enforcement of Electricity Rules and according approval for energisation of HT equipment. He also worked in Narmada Control Authority, overseeing implementation of Canal Head & River Bed Power Houses of Sardar Sarovar Project as well as monitoring of progress of other hydel projects in Narmada basin, viz. Indira Sagar Project, Omkareshwar Project and Maheshwar Project. He also initiated work of establishment of Energy Management Centre of NCA at Indore.
Just prior to joining the Commission, he was working as Member Secretary of Western Regional Power Committee. During his 34 years of service, he had visited a number of foreign countries on study tours. He lead a group of engineers from CEA and other Power Utilities to U.S., Canada and European Countries on a study tour of Commercial and Regulatory aspects of electricity industry in these countries.