U.S.-India System Operators Partnership

US India system operation

GTG implemented a series of activities through United States Energy Association (USEA) to support capacity building for system operators from the national and regional POSOCO and SLDCs.

The partnership focused on sharing transmission system operation and planning best practices for large-scale VRE integration into the power grid through workshops, bootcamps, executive exchanges, peer reviews, and webinars. At the end of each activity, participants developed action plans to map the lessons learned and layout next steps for their organization on how to apply these lessons. A key result was forging relationships between the GOI)and domestic and foreign think tanks, research institutions, universities, and independent system operators (ISOs). The partnership improved the capacity of Indian system operators on the national, regional, and state levels to handle the variability,
uncertainty, and challenges specific to large volumes of RE resources on the grid.

Some of the specific activities under the partnership include:

  • Activities on improved understanding of coal-based flexible power generation sources and ancillary services, targeting executives from India’s GSECL and NTPC. The trainings focused on use of traditional coal generation to support variable energy sources, such as wind and solar. Activities focused on applicable models to weigh benefits and costs out of the making investments and operational changes required for flexible operations. In countries such as India with high coal dependence but ambitious goals for integration of variable renewable energy, hourly ramping and daily cycling of coal power plants is becoming an increasing operational necessity.
  • Training on battery energy storage systems for grid application for executives from POSOCO, the CEA, and SLDCs. The trainings shared industry-leading practices on the most current battery energy storage technologies for India’s potential integration of BESS into the grid.
  • A series of bootcamps to strengthen the technical capacity of system operators for large-scale RE integration with focus on international best practices, technical approaches, regulatory mechanisms, market design, technical standards, data requirements, among others. The bootcamps for the system operators focused on the following areas: Forecasting and Scheduling, Ancillary Services, Markets, System control, Infrastructure, Policy, System studies.
  • Peer reviews of six state load dispatch centers by US system operators which provided a platform for free exchange of ideas, learnings and best practices.
  • Webinar series on power market monitoring and financial derivatives.

Results: This component provided capacity building to more than 2000+ people in various workshops, international conferences, study tours, bootcamps, and webinars.