Government of Karnataka replicating USAID’s work on coal flexibility to support RE integration in the state
The results from USAID’s pilot on flexible operation of coal-based power plant implemented in partnership with Central generating utility, NTPC Ltd. and state utility in Gujarat is now being adopted by the state utility in Karnataka i.e. Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL). The state generator approached USAID to replicate the work on coal flexibility and learn from the experiences of the pilot undertaken as a part of USAID’s Greening the Grid (GTG)– Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (RISE) project, a key initiative under Asia EDGE (Enhancing Growth and Development through Energy). The GTG pilots examined the preparedness of select coal-based units to support the development of NTPC’s fleet-wide strategy and business case for policy and regulatory changes for the enablement of flexible operations. Over the past three (3) years, USAID through the GTG-RISE project successfully undertook techno-economic feasibility studies for 1410 MW capacity, conducted multiple operator trainings and capacity-building workshops, and supported NTPC and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) in conducting low load test runs, up to 40 percent in their select units. Now, USAID is partnering with KPCL to support its efforts in making its coal power plants more flexible. Flexible operations of coal-based power plants is a key approach for India to reach its 175 GW of renewable energy targets, with the Government of India aiming to make a minimum of 82 GW of coal capacity flexible. For information USAID’s pilot on flexible operation of coal-based power plant, please visit our website.