Shri V.S. Verma is a known specialist in the thermal power and in the field of planning for generation capacity in the country. Shri Verma graduated in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Roorkee (erstwhile University of Roorkee) in the year 1971 and completed his Masters Degree in Applied Thermoscience in Mechanical Engineering from Roorkee in the year 1975). He also holds a B.Sc. Degree from Agra University and is an FIE.
He has taken over as Member, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in the forenoon of 23rd February 2009. Prior to taking over as Member, CERC, Shri Verma held the position of Member (Planning) in Central Electricity Authority and Ex-Officio Additional Secretary to Govt. of India. Shri Verma has also held charge of Member (Hydro) in CEA for a brief period. He has been Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for three years in recent past.
Shri Verma belongs to Central Power Engineering Services of 1971 batch. In his long standing career of over 36 years in the power sector in various formations of CEA, Shri Verma acquired wide and valuable experience in planning, thermal power plant engineering, power project monitoring, project construction, supervision, operation monitoring, human resource development, grid operation, renovation and modernization of power plants and other policy aspects. Planning for power, load forecasting, conservation and efficiency, national electricity plan, CDM, baseline data, etc. were some of his important responsibilities as Member (Planning), CEA. Shri Verma also looked after the fuel management, R&D and IT in Power Sector. Shri Verma took important initiatives to promote energy conservation, standards & labeling and energy efficiency in various sectors in the country.
Shri Verma headed various Committees set up by the Government including Working Group on National Action Plan for Climate Change under the National Mission of Enhanced Energy Efficiency, ‘Task Force of formulation of the action plan for development of energy sector in the North Eastern Region, Expert Committee appointed by MNRE to study the geo-thermal based power generating potential in the Puga geo-thermal fields of Ladakh, J&K, Working Group of research and development of energy sector for 11th Plan, 17th Power Survey Committee and others, Member-Secretary of the Working Group on power for 11th Plan set up by Planning Commission, played a lead role in 50,000 MW of hydro power initiative announced by Hon'ble Prime Minister. Publication of C0 2 Baseline data in the Indian power sector and mapping of thermal power stations in the country for optimizing the efficiency of operation were spearheaded by him.
Shri Verma has been a Member of the Standing Committee on research and development in the Power Sector constituted by the Planning Commission and the comprehensive R&D perspective plan was prepared under his leadership. Shri Verma visited UK, USA, USSR, Vietnam, Kenya, Guyana, Nigeria, Poland, Brussels and Germany on various official assignments. More than 50 technical papers in the field of power sector have been published and presented by him in the various national and international seminars and workshops. Shri Verma has been responsible for power system monitoring and grid operation in the Eastern Regional Electricity Board dealing with optimization of generation and transmission capacities, inter-state and inter-regional exchange of energy, generation scheduling and accounting, etc. Shri Verma has handled human resource management development and system management at Power System Training Institute and Hot Line Training Centre at Bangalore for two years. Shri Verma has been conferred lifetime achievement award by Central Board of Irrigation & Power and also by the Bhopal Technological University.
Shri Verma has also been on Governing Council/Board of Directors of various institutions like CPRI, NPTI, CWet, DVC, etc.