New Delhi: Dinesh Chandra is the now full-time Chairperson of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Chandra as Chairperson of CEA on Tuesday. He was serving as Member (Hydro) and already holding the additional charge as Chairperson of CEA since May 1. According to his letter of appointment "Chandra has been appointed to the post with effect from May 1, 2021, till the date of his superannuation, i.e. December 31, 2021, or until further order whichever is earlier".
Chandra has also been holding additional charge of the post of Member (Grid Operation & Distribution) of CEA.
After graduating in Electronics & Communication engineering he did Masters in Computer Science from IIT-Roorkee. Initially, he worked in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) before joining Central Electricity Authority in 1986.
Chandra began his career in Central Electricity Authority with his posting in its field office Northern Regional Power Committee (NRPC, earlier named as NREB) and served that office till the year 2007. With effect from January 2008, he has been working at the CEA headquarter. During his 34 years of service in CEA / NRPC, he has dealt with a wide variety of subjects in the power sector i.e. real-time system operation, off-line analysis of grid operation, commercial aspects, system protection, energy accounting, CERC / SERCs related matters, Procurement and O&M of IT-based systems, computer programming, analysis of grid disturbances and preparation of grid disturbance reports, etc. He has attended training courses in power sector related fields in a number of developed countries.
The Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA) is a statutory organisation. The CEA advises central government, state governments and regulatory commissions on all technical matters relating to generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. It also advises state governments, licensees or generating companies on matters which enable them to operate and maintain the electricity system under their ownership or control in an improved manner.
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