Central Electricity Authority
functional areas

Functional areas of Chairperson, Members and Secretary

Central Electricity Authority is headed by a Chairperson and six wings in CEA namely Planning, Hydro, Thermal, Grid Operation & Distribution, Economic & Commercial and Power System each headed by a Member of Authority.

  • Chairperson CEA

    Head of the organisation - Overall development of Power Sector in the country.

  • Member (Planning)

    Formulation of national power policies; integrated resource planning; optimisation of resource utilization; formulation of short, medium & long term power plans; long and short term demand forecast & sensitivity studies; material and manpower planning; coal, oil & gas linkages to power projects; coal quantity and quality control; coordination of fuel oil/ liquid fuel supplies; surveys for power demand growth; identification and testing of co-lateral parameters for economic model for demand forecasting; collection, compilation and publication of statistics of Power Sector; securitisation of resources/fuel availability and fuel efficiency with the support of emerging technologies; pro-active technology forecasting approaches; research & development in Power Sector, co-ordination with multiple agencies involved in research and development activities, energy conservation; energy auditing; environmental aspects of thermal projects etc.

  • Member (Hydro)

    Overall hydro power development in the country; concurrence of hydro-electric schemes; integrated planning for utilization of water resources; assessment of hydro potential; assistance to States on investigation and project report preparation; construction & investigation monitoring of hydro projects and suggesting remedial measures to problems involved; updating, development & evaluation of hydro technologies; environmental aspects of hydro projects; quality assurance plans & standardisation, design and engineering of hydro projects; renovation, modernisation & uprating of hydro stations; co-operation with neighbouring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar for development of water resources for mutual benefits; etc.

  • Member (Thermal)

    Overall thermal power development in the country; updating, development and evaluation of thermal technologies; design & engineering of thermal projects; quality assurance standards and plans; preparation of model documents and standards; thermal projects investigation & ash utilization; monitoring of construction & stabilization of thermal projects and suggesting remedial measures to problems involved; renovation, modernisation and life extension programmes etc.

  • Member (Grid Operation & Distribution)

    Formulation of policies for safe, secure and economic operation of regional grids; integrated operation, control and co-ordination of five regional grids through Regional Power committees; monitoring of delivery of shares from Central Sector projects; intra and inter-regional exchange of power; emergency power assistance; energy accounting on daily and monthly basis; load generation balance and grid disturbance studies; grid code; tariff principles of bulk generation & transmission; monitoring of rural electrification; optimization of distribution network; work relating Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (APDRP) including 100% metering, energy accounting, evaluation of benefits, quality control; matters relating to telecommunication in Power Sector; telecommunication data acquisition and software support; operation monitoring and performance review of thermal power stations; updating of maintenance procedures; generation data collection; performance analysis; maintenance monitoring etc.

  • Member (Economic & Commercial)

    Economic evaluation of power policies and projects; appraisal of tariff; financial packages; financial parameters; Interest During Construction & completed cost; examination of bulk power tariff structure; performance of SEBs; scrutiny for import duty exemption; certification and foreign exchange release; co-ordination for externally aided schemes; examination of Power Purchase Agreements, advice on legal matters, Coordination for formulation of Regulations / Standards etc.

  • Member (Power Systems)

    Planning and development of Transmission facilities consistent with national power plans; monitoring of rural electrification; Transmission & Distribution loss reduction; studies for the purpose of appraisal of transmission projects; transmission technology development; design & engineering; standardisation and preparation of model document; renovation and modernization of transmission schemes; construction monitoring of transmission projects; inspection of existing electrical installations in Union Territories and Central Government Departments; investigation of accidents on electrical installations and suggesting remedial measures for their minimization and prevention etc.

  • Secretary CEA

    The Secretary, CEA appointed by the Authority with the approval of the Central Government under section 72 of Electricity Act 2003 assists in the discharge of CEA's statutory functions. The Secretary also assists the Chairperson in all matters pertaining to administration and technical matters including Human Resource Development and techno-economic appraisal & concurrence of power projects etc.