U.S., Germany & U.K. bolster support for India’s Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy

U.S., Germany & U.K. bolster support for India’s Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy

More than 450 energy experts converge to brainstorm innovative ideas to support India’s renewable energy capacity targets of 175 GW by 2022

September 4-6, 2019: Expanding renewable energy will support sustainable growth and India needs to undertake strong action on integrating renewable energy sources into the power grid to continue to grow at 7 to 8 percent annually, according to energy experts who gathered here in New Delhi for the 2nd International Conference on “Large-Scale Renewable Energy in India.”

More than 450 representatives and energy experts from 16 countries attended the three-day conference, jointly convened by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) from September 4-6, to share information on large-scale grid integration and its benefits to countries like India, which has embarked on one of the most ambitious clean energy programs in the world.

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Edgard Kagan

Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy New Delhi

“Today’s conference is dedicated to identifying potential concerns and solutions for grid integration with higher levels of renewable energy. This year, in addition to GIZ, we are also joined by the U.K. Government to showcase the U.S. government’s commitment to support large-scale integration of renewable energy in the Indian power grid.”

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Dr. Jasper Wieck

Chargé d’Affaires, German Embassy New Delhi

“Green Energy Corridors are one of the key elements to achieve this goal. Integrating such a large quantum of variable power into the existing grid is a challenge and requires specific knowledge and skills, adequate regulations, enabling policies and flexible market mechanisms. Thus policy cooperation in Green Energy Corridors was initiated and Germany also supported India in the expansion of the transmission grid to be capable of taking in more renewable power with concessional loans of up to 1.4 billion Euros through KfW bank. More funds are yet to be committed.”

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Jan Thompson

British Deputy High Commissioner

“As a joint Force for Good, the UK and India aim to address significant global challenges including climate-focused investments, enabling power sector reform through high calibre technical assistance, and supporting cutting edge research and innovation on grid integration. International platforms like this conference deepen partnerships, support innovative solutions and raise our ambition to tackle the global climate challenge. I would like to thank our partners GIZ and USAID for their role in co-hosting the event, and the Government of India for their endorsement and continued support.”

India is proceeding aggressively toward achieving its commitment of adding 175 gigawatts of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022. However, variability and intermittency of solar- and wind-based energy continues to pose a techno-commercial challenge for stability of the power grid and its reliability. The three-day conference discussed these crucial issues and made recommendations for the Indian power management system to raise overall responsiveness of power generation and make the system more balanced and advanced.

To meet the global benchmarks in renewable energy, the Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have entered into bilateral cooperation with many developed countries including the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. The U.S., Germany and the U.K. have achieved a high share of renewable energy in total electricity generation i.e. 18 percent, 54.5 percent, and 33.1 percent respectively, through adopting innovative policies, market regulations and technology transformations. Lessons learned in these regions could provide useful insights for India.

The three day conference covered deliberations between representatives from the Ministry of Power (MOP), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), and Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO) on technical and economic issues. Some of the international representations included; Ofgem (UK), CAISO (USA), Eurelectric (Germany), NREL(USA), International Energy Agency (IEA), Southern California Edison (USA), DNV GL (Germany), AMSC (USA), Next Kraftwerke (Germany), Electric Power Research Institute (USA), Uniper Kraftwerke (Germany), Fraunhofer IEE (Germany), Recognis (Finland), and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).

The conference focused on renewable energy grid integration aspects ranging from forecasting, reliable system operation, and transmission and market operation for reliable grid operations under high-variability that accompanies clean energy.