J.D. Trivedi joined the erstwhile Gujarat Electricity Board, now Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO), in 1998. He was initially posted at the 220 kV substation where he was in charge of monitoring, operations and maintenance of the substation and associated transmission lines. During this seven-year-long stint, he handled multiple 66 kV substations as well.
In 2005, Trivedi got the opportunity to move to GETCO’s state load despatch centre (SLDC), where he continues to work till date. During his 13 years at the SLDC, he gained experience in scheduling, commercial, open access and regulatory affairs. He currently works with the commercial section as a deputy engineer and is responsible for the issuance of weekly unscheduled interchange bills under the deviation settlement mechanism.
Trivedi recalls his most memorable and challenging assignment as the one when he, along with his team, was responsible for the implementation of intrastate availability-based tariff (ABT) in the state. Gujarat was one of the pioneering states in implementing the switch from a drawal-based tariff structure to ABT, marking a paradigm shift in the power sector. Gujarat’s successful transition under the aegis of Trivedi and his team is still considered a best practice across the country.
Trivedi believes that with advanced technologies becoming increasingly available at affordable prices through encouraging government policies, the renewable energy sector is set for strong growth. As a result, a host of opportunities have opened up for multiple stakeholders in the renewable energy sector.
Trivedi’s management style is inspired by his organisation, which follows the principle of good governance. He tries to extend the same sort of support, encouragement and growth opportunities that he received from GETCO to his team.
Trivedi has a degree in electrical engineering from Sardar Patel University. In pursuit of his professional interest in the sector, he has done an advanced course in power distribution and management, and is also a certified power system operator from the National Power Training Institute. He comes from a family of government officials – his father retired from the Food Corporation of India and his mother retired as a principal of a higher secondary school. Trivedi likes to keep himself abreast of the latest developments in the power sector. He is fond of playing chess and table tennis, and is also interested in astrology. He likes to spend his spare time with his wife, who works with the information technology department of Madhya Gujarat Vij Company, and their daughter.