Increasing awareness on the effects of conventional power generation on the environment among other issues has brought Distributed Generation(DG) into limelight. The Northern grid failure on July 30 and 31 has alarmed the central regulators and the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed the Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of the public sector Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd) to investigate the same.
Wind, Solar, and fuel cell based technologies enable power to be generated close to the location of demand. Advances in the technologies have made the distributed generation cost-effective and one has to be responsive to meet the challenges of integrating them.
The emerging potential of distributed resources can be appreciated by adopting a system approach, which enables viewing generation and toads as a subsystem or a “Micro- Grid”.This approach allows for local control thereby reducing, if not eliminating, the need for a central dispatch.
The concept of Micro-Grid can also be viewed from the community level integration of renewable energy resources which Can enable integration of renewable energy resources and would mark a new direction in resolving the existing grid related issues faced by the renewable energy developers in particular wind.
Net-metering is an important critical policy initiative for promotion of these technologies. The Net-metering policy allows the customers to produce electricity from the available distributed generation resources like rooftop solar and sell excess generation to the utilities at a set price. The main aim of Net- metering policies is to create incentives for private investment in DG technologies by providing value to the electricity generation that, during certain times of day or season, exceeds the customer’s electricity demand.
As the country moves towards its targets on renewable energy additions to achieve its targets outlined in the National Action Plan on Climate Change(NAPCC), there has to be careful planning in integrating these sources into the grid.
In this backdrop, IEEE Bangalore has organized a stakeholder workshop on August 24-25, 2012 that aims to address these three critical issues.
This is a must attend workshop for solar roof top and offgrid developers, hybrid solutions providers and other developers with interest in distributed generation and microgrid solutions.
” This is the first ever workshop on Micro-Grid, Netmetering and Renewable integration with stakeholders from MNRE, CEA, Regulators, Power system utilities, wind, solar, biomass and mini hydro solutions providers, Consumers are participating ,” said Dr. K. Balaraman, Convener, advisory committee. ” The concept paper on this topic will be released in a few days and the workshop will discuss and deliberate on the same,” he added.
“During the workshop a white paper would be released which will be followed by the proceedings of the workshop which will be a recommendation report to the policy makers. This will be circulated to various stakeholders for the development of standards and protocols,” he further added.