Executive Exchange on Coal Flexing To Support Variable Renewable Energy Integration And Grid Balancing
January 28 – February 1, 2019, In continuation with its international knowledge exchange and capacity building activities, the USAID GTG program brought five senior GOI officials to the U.S. from January 26 to February 1 of 2019 to gain insights on Coal Flexing to Support Variable Renewable Energy. The visiting team from India consisted of three officials from NTPC India Ltd and two officials from Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd (GSECL). The objective of the program was to discuss coal flexing operational practices, infrastructure improvements and damage mitigation techniques to confront impacts caused by flexing including weighing the benefits arising out of the investments required to be made in the power plants for flexing operations. The team visited three power plants i.e. Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station which is one of the most efficient power plant in the nation and Comanche and Pawnee generation stations to understand efficient emission control technologies. Besides this, the team also visited Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The executive exchange enabled power plant operators and engineers to gain from experiences from plant/utilities having successfully tried and adopted means of flexible power plant operations. This shall further contribute to India’s efforts to achieve fleet wide coal flexibility target.