Regulatory support (TA) to FOR

Forum of Regulators (FOR) has been taking steps towards facilitating large-scale grid integration of solar and wind generating stations while maintaining grid stability and security. In this direction, FOR endorsed draft Model Regulations for Forecasting, Scheduling (F&S) and Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM) of Wind & Solar Generating Stations at the state level. Given the variation in technical and commercial frameworks from one state to another, and to build capacity at the state level, a Technical Committee of states has been formed. The Technical Committee comprises members from state regulatory commissions of RE-rich states viz. Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, with a mandate to evolve a roadmap to implement and ensure timely action on the following:

  • Deployment and implementation of Framework on Forecasting, Scheduling and Deviation Settlement of Wind & Solar Generating Stations at the state level.
  • Introduction/implementation of Availability Based Tariff (ABT) framework at the state level as mandated in the National Electricity Policy and Tariff Policy.
  • Introduction of Ancillary Services and Reserves at the state level.
  • Implementation of Automatic Generation Control (AGC) and primary control within states.

During the first Technical Committee meeting, it was unanimously decided that ABT and DSM should be implemented as early as possible at the state level in all the states. Intra-state ABT mechanism, along with Scheduling, Accounting, Metering and Settlement of Transactions in Electricity (SAMAST) implementation, will help in bringing uniformity of forecasting, scheduling, accounting and commercial settlement procedures at state and regional level, which is critical for integration and management of renewable energy into the grid.

During the 12th meeting of Technical Committee, USAID, along with GTG-RISE team, presented the overview of GTG project and given the alignment, the Technical Committee requested for support on framing regulations pertaining to grid integration of renewables under the USAID’s GTG-RISE Initiative.

Regulator
Progress Update:
GTG-RISE team is assisting the respective state electricity regulator in reviewing feedback received on draft Forecasting and Scheduling (F&S) Regulations, DSM regulations and preparation of the draft statement of reasons (SOR). In states like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, the team is assisting SLDCs for preparation of DPR for SAMAST implementation. In addition, various roundtable discussions are being held with the SLDCs across North Eastern states to enhance their capacity on the DPR preparation for SAMAST implementation. The success so far in each of the target states is provided below:

  • Telangana: TSERC has notified F&S Regulations, which will facilitate the large-scale RE grid integration in the state. Preparation of DSM Regulations for Energy accounting in the State.
  • Tamil Nadu: Advance stage of notification of F&S Regulations for Wind and Solar Generation to address the issues of large-scale RE integration and DSM Regulations for Energy accounting in the State.
  • West Bengal: Submitted its SAMAST DPRs for funding from Power System Development Fund (PSDF) for implementation of DSM framework for Energy Accounting.
  • Haryana: Submitted its SAMAST DPRs for funding from PSDF for implementation of DSM framework for Energy Accounting. Advance stage of notification of F&S Regulations for Wind and Solar Generation to address the issues of large-scale RE integration and DSM Regulations for Energy accounting in the State.
  • Punjab: Advance stage of submitting its SAMAST DPRs for funding from PSDF for implementation of DSM framework for Energy Accounting. Advance state of notification of F&S Regulations for Wind and Solar Generation to address the issues of large-scale RE integration.
  • Himachal Pradesh: Submitted its SAMAST DPRs for funding from PSDF for implementation of DSM framework for Energy Accounting.
  • North-East States (7 States) : Submitted its SAMAST DPRs for funding from PSDF for implementation of DSM framework for Energy Accounting.
  • Meghalaya: Advance stage of notification of F&S Regulations for Wind and Solar Generation to address the issues of large-scale RE integration and DSM Regulations for Energy accounting in the State.
  • Assam: Advance stage of notification of F&S Regulations for Wind and Solar Generation to address the issues of large-scale RE integration and DSM Regulations for Energy accounting in the State.