USAID supports peer-to-peer exchange on coal flexibility for renewable energy integration
March 26-30, 2018- New Delhi, The USAID GTG program brought six senior GOI officials to the U.S. from March 26-30 to understand how the U.S. coal power plants are operated to support integration of RE. The delegation met with electricity utilities, such as Pacific Corp and Arizona Public Services, and visited two coal-based thermal power plants that are providing “flexing” services in the California energy market. The delegation also met with CAISO (California ISO) and the California Energy Commission to understand the challenges and learnings from California’s experience in aggressively adding more RE into their power system. The delegation also visited the largest Concentrated Solar Plant (CSP) in the U.S. (formerly the largest in the world). The delegation was led by the Chairman and Managing Director of POSOCO and included representatives from the state system operators, central transmission utility and state thermal generator. The executive peer-to-peer exchange supports the realization of one of India’s key strategies for meeting its 175 GW of renewable energy target, i.e. the capacity to operate thermal power plants with greater flexibility.