USAID launches Automatic Generation Control (AGC) Pilot Projects in partnership with Karnataka Power Corporation Limited
On March 8, 2019, USAID formally initiated the pilot for enabling and testing of Automatic Generation Control (AGC) at Varahi and Sharavathi hydro power plants in partnership with the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) under its GTG-RISE initiative. As a part of the pilot, grants were awarded to Andritz Hydro Private Limited and ABB India Limited for implementing specific enhancements at these two hydro power projects. The grants were announced in the event with formal exchange of agreements between Deloitte LLP, the implementing partner for GTG-RISE, and the two grantees in presence of Mr. Ponnuraj, MD of KPCL and Michael Satin, Director of Clean Energy & Environment Office in USAID. In his remarks, Managing Director Ponnuraj mentioned that “transition to a low carbon future is imminent and KPCL is willing to take risk and be a leader to adopt changes that will facilitate integration of RE even before it is directed by regulations”. The AGC pilot under GTG-RISE is a part of the national level pilot program to gain experiences from AGC deployment across different kinds of generating sources (including hydel and RE) to inform GOI on regulations and compensation mechanism for AGC based secondary response ancillary services. Globally, AGC is widely used tool by the system operators for stable frequency operation and security of the grid. GTG-RISE is a joint initiative between USAID and Ministry of Power showcasing technologies and solutions that will support grid management in large-scale integration of renewable energy. GTG-RISE is a key activity under USAID’s Asia EDGE (Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy) initiative. The pilot will aid in development of Ancillary services market, which is a potential market for Nepal and Bhutan hydro-power generators and learnings on its deployment can be adopted by generators in South Asia.
Attached: Photos of award of grants to ABB and Andritz by Mr. Ponnuraj, MD, KPCL and Michael Satin, Director, CLEEO, USAID