Certificate Courses

Certificate Course on Energy Laws in India: April 28 – June 02, 2020

Introduction

We are delighted to inform that Training and Placement Cell in collaboration with Research and Publication Cell, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA would offer a ‘Certificate Course on Energy Laws in India’.

The Course will be conducted via online mode from April 28 – June 02, 2020. 

Why Energy Law?

Energy is the centre of our living. Imagine a world with power and you would know what I am talking about. I would encourage young attorneys to look very closely at the sector and you would know it is one of the most dynamic sectors out there. As one can conceive from the new and what is going on domestically, there is a lot of activity both, domestically and internationally in the Energy Sector and for aspiring attorneys, it’s just out there for taking. There is solar energy, wind energy, natural gas, coal, petroleum, oil and so many other facets of energy. As a lawyer, working in Energy Law, I can say that the understanding of this sector helps to become part of various top-notch transactions and at the same become part of individuals daily living issues related to energy. The industry in Energy is built on the thresholds of innovation and technology. As of today, there is a defined regime and what the sector is working towards is looking at more refined and better ways of dealing with issues. In other words, in the near future, there is no getting away from Energy Laws! The good news is that there are lot of entry points for attorneys to enter to sector as in- house counsel, government affairs, project finance, compliances, litigation, arbitrations, lobbying and policy making.

What is Energy Law?

Breaking down energy laws into nuts and bolts would suggest that energy law encompasses in its ambit sub-sets of other laws, such as Contracts, Administrative Laws, Property Laws, Laws governing exploitation –exploration- refining and delivery of final products etc. It will be very difficult to put a label on a code and suggest that “here, this is energy law”, as it is a relationship between various facets of laws. It is a complex mix of laws governing production and distribution of energy. The only certain this about energy law is that it changes with time, policy and innovations / technology. Energy Laws develop with opening of new markets and economics, making it a sophisticated flied of law. It is not what it used to be 20 years ago. No matter which country you pick or discuss, no matter what the socio-economic condition of that country be, a nation cannot do without energy laws. Energy Laws helps you work on critical issues, hands-on. Also, in order to understand energy laws, one needs to understand the sector and how the different pieces in different sectors interact and then it becomes easier to understand how risk would be allocated between various stakeholders.

More Energy to you!

Objective of the Certificate Course

The course in Energy Law would help the students understand the laws and regulations concerning the electricity or the power sector in India. At the same time the course is aimed at developing a functional understanding of theories relating to the legality and economics of Energy / Electricity.

The course would focus on legislation that govern generation, transmission, distribution, sale and purchase of electricity in India. This course introduces students to a related area of law as well, an area that monitors, regulates, defines and postulates the governance of renewable and non-renewable resources such as natural gas, oil, petroleum, electricity which resources are mandatory for generation of electricity, including thermal, solar, hydel, wind etc. The course is also targeted at giving the students a basic familiarity with energy related transactions (power purchase agreements, power sale agreements, tariff order etc.).

The course imparts knowledge relating to the role, powers and functions of the regulators, courts, tribunals that have been and continue to be instrumental in developing and defining the energy sector (such as State Electricity Commissions, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board etc.). The sector is novel, growing and is niche in many ways than one. Energy Laws is contained in central legislation and many regulations that various regulations.

The study of Energy Laws introduces a student to processes; statutory, administrative and judicial in the interpretation of the laws and regulations governing the sector. This course is a crosscutting one, relevant to the understanding of laws that govern an essential commodity such as electricity. The course also holds relevance for legal practice by students in future as it aims to prepare a student to take on a niche area of practice in big ticket law firms, companies and PSU’s engaged in the sector.

The course is designed in a manner that enables the students and professionals to grasp the intricate functioning of the legal framework and contractual requirements of the Energy sector. The teaching methodology includes lectures, seminars, online training, research and visits to power plant sites (if necessary). The students will also be given an exposure in terms of latest regulations, judgements and policies pertinent to the Energy Sector, which gives them a deeper insight into the functioning of the energy sector in India. 

Course Timetable and Scheme
DATE HOURS CHAPTERS
April 28, 2020 1 Hour Welcome to the course.

Induction and Introduction to the Course
April 29, 2020
&
April 30, 2020
3 Hours Introduction to Energy Laws in India. The existing framework of laws and institutional framework governing energy law.

Why Regulate Energy?

[Note: Brief introduction to laws relating to electricity, petroleum, oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear power in India.]
 
May 01, 2020 and
May 02, 2020
3 Hours Getting around the Technical Terms. Understanding Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Trading of Electricity and Broad overview of governing laws.

In this session, the students are also introduced to technical terms and also to the Energy Sector / Industry in India and their inter-relation.
May 05, 2020 and
May 08, 2020
6 Hours
Industry Experts – External Speakers)
The Electricity Act and the Regulators.
· What is Electricity: Status in Physics and Law?
· Historical Background of the Electricity Sector in India
· Introduction to the Electricity Act, 2003
· Power of regulators under the Electricity Act, 2003
· Setting up of Regulatory Bodies: Judicial Status and Role, functions,
· Understanding the Competitive Bidding Process and sale / purchase of powers

[Note: A small exercise is planned for students here in order to make them understand the role of various stakeholders in the sector and how the Electricity Act governs their behavior?]
May 12, 2020
and
May 15, 2020
4 Hours
Industry Experts- External Speakers
Standard Agreements and the Energy Sector: Power Purchase Agreement and Power Sale Agreement
May 17, 2020
 
3 Hours Tariff – the price of Electricity. How is cost of electricity calculated?
May 20, 2020 2 Hours Role of the Supreme Court of India in defining the Energy Sector – flirting with landmark decisions and discussing the greys.
May 22, 2020
And
May 23, 2020
4Hours Industry Experts – External Speakers The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act (PNGRB Act)
· Natural Gas – its importance and need in India
· What is the legal status of the product (petroleum / oil) and the pipeline?
· Kinds of Pipeline under Legislation?
· Brief introduction to the provisions of the PNGRB Act.
 
May 27, 2020 and
May 30, 2020
4 Hours A further study of the PNGRB Act and the Supreme Court decisions:
· Down-Stream and Up-stream Production and supply of Natural Gas and Oil
· Who is authorised to supply Natural Gas / Oil and at what rates?
June 02, 2020 1 Hour Conclusion of the Course
Open House Session and Debate
About the Author

Ms. Rimali Batra, Principal Associate, DSK Legal, New Delhi

Ms. Rimali Batra is presently working as Principal Associate with DSK Legal, New Delhi and has a rich litigation experience of almost 10 years.

Prior to joining DSK Legal, Ms. Rimali has worked with Trilegal and J. Sagar Associate as part of regulatory and policy team. Her profile involves representing clients drafting complaints/appeal for disputes concerning novel issues in energy laws before APTEL, CERC and various state commissions.

Ms. Rimali graduated from ILS Law College, University of Pune in 2005. She has been a Pune University merit holder for all 5 years of her course. She received the BCL Degree from University of Oxford in 2012.

Ms. Rimali was placed in ICICI Bank’s litigation team, Delhi after her graduation. Her work in ICICI Bank involved representing clients in consumer forums, High court, Supreme Court and DRT. She was with ICICI for 18 months, before she decided to pursue her masters in financial regulation, corporate laws, medical law and ethics and philosophical foundations of common law from the University of Oxford. Post BCL, Ms. Rimali taught corporate laws, financial regulations, property law, medical law and ethics for three semesters at Jindal Global Law School. She cleared her UGC-NET in December 2012. She has been working on areas concerning regulations for over 4 years now.

In her spare-time, Ms. Rimali is involved in teaching and giving pro-bono advice on issues of medical law and ethics via MediIndia.com, where she has been appointed as a medico-legal expert. She has published various articles on her areas of interest such as, Corporate Laws, Medical Law Competition Law/Regulations, Energy Law and Insider trading in leading journals and newspapers in India. Business Standard and the Corporate Law Advisor have published some of her works. In her free time, Ms. Rimali likes wall painting and cooking. Ms. Rimali has been an international level basketball player and has played for University of Oxford’s Girls Basketball team.  

Resource Persons

Mr. Buddy A Ranganadhan, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and High Court of Delhi

Mr. Buddy A Ranganadhan enrolled as an Advocate on the Rolls of the Delhi Bar Council with effect from August 1996. He commenced practice in the District Courts and on the Original and Appellate sides of the High Court of Delhi, thereafter in the Supreme Court of India. He has worked in the chambers of Mr J. B. Dadachanji, Senior Partner of M/s J. B. Dadachanji & Co, Advocates from August 1998 till March 2002.

Mr. Buddy A Ranganadhan has appeared in and handled numerous matters in various courts such as in the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, High Courts of Bombay, Allahabad, Madras, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Lucknow, Uttrakhand, etc. Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Competition Commission and Competition Appellate Tribunal, AERAT, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission, National, State and District Consumer Protection Tribunals, Company Law Board, National Company Law Tribunal, Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction Appellate Authority for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction, National Green Tribunal, DRT, DRAT etc. 

Mr. Buddy A Ranganadhan’s area of practice include: Civil and Corporate Litigation, Constitutional Law, Arbitration Law, Electricity Laws, Negotiable Instruments, Company Law, Consumer Law, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Law, Competition Laws, Income Tax and Wealth Tax matters in Supreme Court, Conveyance including Joint Ventures, Shareholders Agreements, 

Mr. Buddy A Ranganadhan is Secretary of the Energy Bar Association, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity; Member, Supreme Court Bar Association; Member, Bar Association of India; Member, Delhi High Court Bar Association; Member, Delhi Bar Association; Member, Indian Council of Arbitration; Member, Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Society of India. 

Ms. Anuja Tiwari, Partner, DSK Legal

Ms. Anuja is a Partner in the energy, infrastructure and project disputes practice. She has significant experience in advising on all aspects of project development and operation including advising clients on entry and exit strategies, pre-dispute resolution strategies and dispute resolution, transaction structuring and assisting clients to adapt their businesses to regulatory and policy changes.

In addition to advising private clients, Ms. Anuja also regularly advises think tanks, government departments and policy makers in the infrastructure sector, particularly on projects envisaged under the public private partnership route. She assists the Ministry of Railways, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Government of India on various projects.

Ms. Anuja comes with vast experience in advising clients on numerous verticals such as conventional and renewable energy, waste and water management, public health, urban infrastructure, transport, airport development projects and mega residential projects among others. Under these verticals her expertise includes advising on public tenders, project related mergers and acquisitions, takeover of distressed assets, regulatory issues in the infrastructure projects, statutory permits and consents, land acquisition, environment and labour welfare legislation. She also focuses on project dispute resolution including conciliations and arbitrations.

Ms. Anuja’s key clients are private developers, manufacturers and operators, strategic investors, multilateral funding agencies, banks and financial institutions, government entities and think tanks.

Ms. Anuja has been associated with institutions like US AID, IFFCI, USIBC, TERI, Indo-Spanish Chamber, NITI Aayog and Nuclear Law Association India and delivers lectures at various events organised by them. She regularly contributes to esteemed journals like India Business Law Journal, The Wire and Legal Era on key issues in the Indian energy and infrastructure sector.

Ms. Anuja has been consistently ranked as a ‘Rising Star’ by IFLR 1000 in the project development practice. She was also recognized as a rising star in ’40 under 40’ awards given by Legal Era. Clients often commend her on her sectoral experience and commercial legal advice as “Tiwari’s grasp of the essentials of a power purchase contract was quite simply brilliant”.

Previously, Ms. Anuja has worked at Trilegal, New Delhi. She has done her LL.B. from Faculty of Law, Delhi University and her Master’s in Business Laws from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2008 and is enrolled with the Delhi Bar Council. 

Contact Person

Dr. Meenakshi Kaul | Assistant Professor & Head – HR & Placements, Training and Placement Cell
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Mr. Nitin Kumar | Assistant Professor & Head – Training and Placements, Training and Placement Cell
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