Energy experts from USA, UK, Canada and India are all set to meet on a common platform to discuss the issues and challenges regarding the energy resources of North East and evolve a roadmap for fruitful tapping of the energy potential of the region.

A two-day national conference on energy resources of North East India will be held at Pragjyoti ITA Cultural Complex, Machkhowa here from November 11.

With the demand of electricity ever increasing in the country, the Centre has reiterated its commitment to meet the requirement by adding capacity to the tune of one lakh MW under the 12th Five Year Plan, according to the Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

A national-level energy conference is being organized at the ITA Cultural Complex, Machkhowa here on November 11 and 12. The focus of this conference will be to address the key issues pertaining to development and growth of the energy sector in the region, stated a press release.

Opposition members today made a strong plea to go for micro hydel projects instead of the mega ones, to meet the power demand of the State and the NE region as well.

The electric utility business has historically consisted of centralized, large-scale power plants, supplying electric power to load centers such as cities and industries through a power transmission and distribution network.

The North Eastern region may be suffering from serious power shortages, however, Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde today predicted that scenario is expected to improve with several power companies working in the region.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has cleared implementation of Pare Hydro Electric Project (110 MW) in Arunachal Pradesh by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO). The Project is estimated to cost Rs.573.99 crore. Briefing newsmen, Union Minister of State, Prithviraj Chavan said that the Project is scheduled to be commissioned in 44 months.

The array of green valleys along the mighty Himalayas including that of North East might look enchanting.