Bootcamp Workshop on Coal Flexing to Support Variable Renewable Energy Integration and Grid Balancing
March 6 -7, 2018- New Delhi, Under the U.S.-India System Operators Partnership, a two-day bootcamp workshop was organised at POSOCO, for system operators, generators and other relevant stakeholders, to support the integration of solar and wind power into the grid through increased reliance on coal as a flexible balancing source. Speaking at the inaugural session Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of POSOCO, K. V. S. Baba, highlighted the importance of flexing the thermal generation for renewable integration. He further added that the more we flex the more we reduce the curtailment of renewables without losing efficiency. During the workshop, international experts from Clean Coal Centre in International Energy Agency (IEA), GE and Intertek shared their experiences and learnings on operating coal based power plants more flexibly to support Variable Renewable Energy integration and grid balancing. The two days workshop brought together more than 60 participants from Indian generators and system operators from 14 states.