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Cabinet okays pact on large-scale grid linking of clean energy

According to reports, the Cabinet today approved signing of a pact between Forum of Regulators (FOR) and National Associations of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) for large-scale grid integration of renewable energy. “The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FOR and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in the area of large-scale grid integration of renewable energy,” an official statement said. The MoU envisages to ... Read More »

Nokia, Tata Power-DDL to jointly modernise electrical grids

According to reports, Nokia and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd will be enabling an Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network to support the management of its electrical grid in North and North-west Delhi. This is Tata Power-DDL’s area of operation, according to a press statement. The statement said that the deployment has enabled Tata Power-DDL to support mission-critical operational services as well as traditional business and IT services all on a single communications network. Teleprotection makes it possible to detect the ... Read More »

More green energy shrinks transmission projects’ timeline

According to reports, in less than a year, the country’s renewable energy capacity has grown 29 per cent, to 50 gigawatt (Gw). Expansion here and the focus on developing wind and solar power is also shrinking the time frame to set up related transmission networks. At present, thermal power contributes 69 per cent to India’s total installed capacity.  As the country planned capacity additions in the thermal and hydropower segment, it also allowed transmission companies a longer time frame. This ... Read More »

Renewable energy mission needs a robust grid network

According to reports, air pollution in Delhi and metropolitan cities of India has dominated much of the recent conversation in the judiciary, government and media. Half of the world’s 20 most polluted cities, according to World Health Organization, are in India and these cities are immensely contributing to climate change. On 2 October 2016, India ratified the Paris climate agreement, officially emphasizing its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nonetheless, just two years after embarking on the grand campaign to ... Read More »

ADB to lend $500 million to India for power transmission projects

According to reports, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will lend $500 million to India to improve large-scale power transmission from the northern to the southern regions, while helping integrate renewable energy in the country’s power system. The ADB loan will make up around 19% of the $2.58 billion total project cost while Power Grid Corporation Ltd will provide $2.08 billion. The loan has a 20-year term, including a five-year grace period.  “Expansion of inter-regional connectivity enables bulk power transfer to ... Read More »

Get the strategy right for integrating renewable energy into Indian grid

According to reports, India has embarked upon a laudable and ambitious program to install 100 GW of solar PV plants and 60 GW of wind turbine plants by 2022. However, such a large scale addition of variable or intermittent generation in a system packed with inflexible baseload coal plants – expected to total to around 250 GW by 2022 – will pose a challenge to grid management. Tackling this will require some planning and course correction. Is there a precedent ... Read More »

Mahagenco proposes separate solar feeders for farmers

According to reports, the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd (Mahagenco) has floated tenders to set up separate solar feeders for the agriculture sector. It is one of the most ambitious projects of the state government. A pilot project to this effect had already been successfully set up in Sangamner Tehsil of Ahmednagar. “We are currently tracking the status of the pilot projects, which appear to be successful. Meanwhile, tenders have been floated and the bidding process in on,” said ... Read More »

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