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 is conducting 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/India’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 #4: Deploying cost-effective Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) into the Indian grid- May 12, 2020

USAID’s GTG-RISE initiative conducted the fourth issue of its webinar series on May 12, 2020. The webinar invited diverse stakeholders for a knowledge sharing session on the theme ‘Deploying cost-effective Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) into the Indian grid’. BESS is a technology for storing electric charge on specially developed batteries to enable utilization of the stored energy at a later time. The theme’s crucial importance is evident from the overwhelming response the webinar received that included 1,100+ participants representing 650+ organizations from 68 countries.

The webinar provided a platform to share insights from a pilot on grid-connected BESS that GTG-RISE is implementing in collaboration with India’s largest transmission utility, the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL). The pilot is evaluating the techno-economic effectiveness of BESS for providing several applications and grid support services at the transmission level. Its results will lead to recommendations on policies and regulations supporting deployment of BESS in the country. In his opening remarks at the webinar, Mr. Aniruddha Kumar, Joint Secretary (Hydro), Ministry of Power, underlined the critical need for developing the regulatory and market framework around BESS. “India has taken a low-carbon path to meet its growing power need. This necessitates smooth large-scale renewable energy integration, grid stabilization, and immense energy storage. We must identify the revenue interest and provide potential investors the clarity and confidence to set up huge storage,” he said.

The webinar saw senior technical advisors from the GTG-RISE program explore these aspects through their in-depth presentations on BESS and its value in supporting ancillary services to manage grids with high levels of renewables. A host of issues were discussed, including how storage projects can be designed cost-effectively, the best markets and applications for return on investment, how storage operations could be run effectively and safely, the latest standards for storage system safety, and optimal strategies for negotiating battery system contracts.

GTG-RISE is spearheading evidence building on grid-connected BESS in India, and its sharing of insights is a vital knowledge building effort. Commending the program’s initiatives, Michael Satin, Director of the Clean Energy and Environment Office in USAID/India, noted in his opening address: “The GTG program is a technical laboratory of sorts. The issues that is it studying and the technical capacity it is building, have the potential to drive a technological revolution that can transform the power landscape.”

The webinar presentation can be accessed here.

The webinar agenda can be accessed here.

About the GTG-RISE 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 study on BESS have been undertaken with technical assistance from DNV GL Energy Insights USA, Inc.