India Energy Regulatory Partnership
The Forum of Regulators (FOR), India, and the National Association for Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), USA have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore potential future collaboration in the field of RE sources including, but not limited to, grid integration of variable renewable technologies (VRE) and associated frameworks. The India Energy Regulatory Partnership with the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) will support the reform of energy institutions, policies, regulations and markets in India at the national, regional and state levels to foster a deeper understanding of efficient market concepts. These will be achieved through;
- Peer-to-Peer Exchanges
- Technical Workshops
- Capacity Building Exercises
Under the partnership, NARUC developed the Enhanced Market Regulatory Practices Analysis and Primer, and a Key Takeaways Summary in March 2017 to support Indian regulators’ efforts to integrate renewable energy into the national grid. The Primer examined the national regulatory market structure and reforms of two Indian states (Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu) and presented three U.S. case studies to provide sufficient context for baseline discussions related to improved market facilitation. The Key Takeaways Summary provides a foundation to help explain the differences between the U.S. and Indian contexts for areas such as regional coordination, renewable energy planning, and forecasting. This program involves interactions across institutions including CERC, the Rajasthan Regulator – RERC, Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (RVUNL), Rajasthan SLDC – the Tamil Nadu Regulator – TNERC, Tamil Nadu SLDC, Gujarat SLDC, and Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
NARUC is working closely with CERC, other relevant organizations to prepare customized and consensus-driven Regulatory and Market Guidelines, which will provide short and medium-term milestones on issues, challenges and facilitative market structures identified in the Regulatory Analysis & Primer. It will present interim action items and options on integrating significant renewable energy.
NARUC is undertaking various activities including peer-to-peer exchange in U.S., where senior delegation of policymakers and regulators from India meet with utilities and system operators. It is also conducting training and capacity building workshops including the one recently conducted on Regulatory and Market Guidelines focused on Electricity Market Transitions and Bilateral Contracts and on the role of physical and financial contracting to support new generation development in energy markets. The snapshots of these activities are highlighted as below:
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC): NARUC is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the State public service commissions who regulate the utilities that provide essential services such as energy, telecommunications, power, water, and transportation. For additional information, please access www.naruc.org.