Proceedings from the GTG Webinar series

Proceedings from the GTG Webinar series

USAID‘s Greening the Grid-Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (GTG-RISE) initiative conducted a series of webinars to promote discussion and knowledge sharing on themes of crucial relevance to integration of renewable energy into the grid. The webinar series is aimed to create awareness and build capacities in developing countries of Asia by providing access to general trends and share case studies, best practices, and lessons from India. The summary of the proceedings from two such webinars are shared below. GTG-RISE is the central component of USAID’s Greening the Grid (GTG) program, a joint program with the Ministry of Power (MOP) and aims to support large-scale integration of renewable energy.

Webinar #3: Minimum load/ramp test procedures for coal- based thermal power plants – APRIL 27, 2020

On April 27, 2020, GTG-RISE successfully conducted its third webinar, exploring the theme ‘Minimum load/ramp test procedures for coal-based thermal power plants (TPPs)’. The webinar’s objective was to create awareness about successful low load test run procedures among key stakeholders. More than 300 energy sector professionals from across the world, including India, U.S., U.K, Canada, Denmark, Singapore, Hongkong, Bangladesh, and Maldives, participated in the discussion.

The webinar provided a platform to share experiences from the low load test run conducted at various coal-fired power plant units of the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) and the Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL). These test runs were conducted as a part of pilot implemented under USAID’s GTG-RISE initiative which is implementing a series of innovative pilots to validate technology and solution to support large-scale integration of renewable energy. Senior officials from Government of India pilot partners, NTPC and GSECL, joined the webinar to share their experiences and insights.

Based on successful demonstration at pilot sites, the GTG-RISE project has, with technical support from Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), developed a report “minimum load/ramp test procedure for coal-based TPPs”. The report was released by Michael Satin, Director of the Clean Energy and Environment Office in USAID/India, during the webinar, who also delivered the opening remarks. The document is expected to serve as a guiding tool for other utilities wishing to undertake test runs at their facility. The public release of the document was followed by a deep dive presentation by Anjan Kumar Sinha, Senior Advisor at GTG-RISE. The presentation, introduced the webinar participants to technical challenges and details of the test runs conducted under the pilot.

The webinar’s success can be gauged from the wide range of stakeholders it brought together. Several esteemed institutions and organizations were represented, including Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Ceylon Electricity Board, Danish Energy Agency, GIZ, Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO), Tata Power, Sterlite Power, Adani Power, Odisha Power Generation Corporation Limited, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), ABB, BHEL, NTPC, and GSECL, in addition to think tanks, researchers, and consultants.

The webinar’s proceedings and presentation can be accessed here.

Webinar #2: Commercial impacts – flexible operations of thermal power stations – February 27, 2020

The second webinar conducted on February 27, 2020, focused on the theme ‘Commercial impacts – flexible operations of thermal power stations’. More than 100 energy sector professionals from India, U.S., Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong took part in the online discussion.

The webinar began with an in-depth presentation by Anjan Kumar Sinha, Senior Adviser at GTG-RISE covering a wide range of topics, including flexible operation requirements, flexible operation potential in India, physical and tariff impact, operation and maintenance costs, and the regulatory interventions required to enable flexible operation of thermal power stations.

The webinar also featured an interactive session that enabled real-time dialogue among key stakeholders, including, among others, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Ceylon Electricity Board, Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO), National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), Tata Power, Sterlite Power, Indian Energy Exchanges (IEX), General Electric (GE), Fluence Energy, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), World Bank, think tanks, researchers, and consultants. The deliberations focussed on issues related to flexible operation, including retrofit options and their cost, impact on emissions at the unit/system level, environmental costs, flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) scenario, operational challenges, and preparedness of states for flexible operations of thermal power stations.

The webinar’s proceedings and presentation can be accessed here.

About GTG Program

USAID’s Greening the Grid (GTG) is a five-year program implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India (GoI). GTG aims to support the GoI’s efforts to manage large-scale integration of renewable energy (RE) into grid. It is a key initiative under U.S. Government’s Asia EDGE (Enhancing Growth and Development through Energy).

The central component of the GTG program is the Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (RISE) initiative, which involves design, implementation, and scaling of a series of prioritized innovation pilots that support RE integration. Implemented by Deloitte Consulting LLP, GTG-RISE has conducted multiple innovation pilots over the last three years to test and evaluate the building blocks for improved RE integration. Its pilot studies on flexible operations of thermal power plants have been undertaken with technical assistance from Intertek AIM – US.