Knowledge Dissemination Workshop on Coal Generation Flexing Practices to Support VRE Integration
Vadodara (Gujarat), February 18-19, 2019 – USAID’s Greening the Grid (GTG)-Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (RISE) initiative is piloting flexible operations at two units (200 MW and 500 MW ) in partnership with Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) to address the variance and support integration of Renewable Energy (RE). Under this pilot, techno-commercial feasibility study for both the units at Ukai plant was completed. To share the findings of these assessments and promote knowledge exchange, a two days knowledge dissemination workshop is being organised in Vodadara (Gujarat) today in partnership with GSECL. The study outcomes including technical interventions, impact on operation and maintenance, cost implications and damage mitigation techniques will be covered in the workshop. More than 40 participants representing GSECL, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), Gujarat Urja Vitran Nigam Ltd (GUVNL), Gujarat State Load Despatch Centre, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and other OEMs are in attendance. Going forward, the program will work with GSECL to support the pilot implementation and develop a fleet wide strategy. It will also build the business case for policy and regulatory changes to enable flexibility requirements for coal-based stations and shall further contribute to India’s efforts to achieve fleet wide coal flexibility target. USAID GTG-RISE initiative is implemented by Deloitte LLP and this pilot is supported by its technical partners (Intertek AIM U.S).