Bhubaneswar: Minister of State for Energy, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak on Wednesday urged experts in the sector of power generation to expedite technological research so that natural and renewable resources could be used for generation of clean energy.

Mr Nayak while inaugurating the three-day IEEE International Conference on Energy, Automation and Signal organised by the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University said, although the emergence of innovative micro-grid and smart-grid technologies has provided a perspective to the modern power and energy system operations, there is tremendous need to examine the new applications and advanced technology.

Stating that the present need was for a sustainable and reliable supply of electricity to the consumers, the Minister said the concern was about the quality of power even as the gap between demand and supply was increasing, forcing the authorities to go for power rationing.

While the shortage of power in the country ranged between 13 to 20 %, Odisha at present was facing 9% energy deficit. In such a scenario, the experts should advise the State as to what were the alternatives available, he said.

Pointing out that Odisha was the first State in the Country to go for restructuring of the power sector and privatisation of the distribution of electricity, Mr Nayak said that the State hoped to add another 700 to 800 mw by 2013.

Among others Renowned energy expert Prof. Saifur Rahman from Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA, SOA Vice-Chancellor, Prof R P Mohanty were present in the conference.