Webinar #2: Commercial Impacts Flexible Operations of Thermal Power Stations

Webinar #2: Commercial Impacts Flexible Operations of Thermal Power Stations

Context

Coal accounts for 37% of the global power supply. Particularly in Asia, it remains a preferred fuel of choice due to its abundance and well-developed thermal-related infrastructure as compared to the developing renewable energy infrastructure. Rapidly declining cost of renewable energy, emphasis on lower carbon footprint and rapidly increasing electricity demand, puts cleaner electricity at the center of strategies for many developing economies including India for economic development. Sailing on the Government of India’s ambitious nation-wide renewable energy capacity target of 175 GW by March 2022, which was recently updated to 450 GW by 2030 renewable penetration will reach significant levels in the overall Indian power mix. The variability of renewable energy presents a notable challenge to grid stability and reliability. Hence, the ability of the Indian thermal power plants to achieve lower levels of technical minimums and to quickly ramp-up and ramp-down i.e. operate flexibly vis-à-vis baseload operations gains unprecedented importance as a norm rather than an exception. Hitherto, flexible generation has not been a significant priority in India under grid conditions characterized by generation deficits and outages. One of the key reasons contributing to the lack of preparedness for flexible operations in India is the absence of sound regulatory framework and compensatory mechanisms for incentivizing required changes to the plant equipment, procedures and practices.

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About the speaker

Anjan Kumar Sinha, Senior Advisor, USAID GTG-RISE Initiative

Mr. A.K. Sinha is a power sector professional with 32-years of experience in Power business and has extensive experience in preparation of thermal power plants for flexible operation and formulation of market mechanisms to facilitate Renewable energy integration. He has worked in NTPC Ltd (India) and provided strategic inputs for managing NTPC’s power business, technology scanning and implementation of new initiatives. As member of various committees set up by Ministry of Power, he is instrumental in providing inputs for formulation of policies for facilitating renewable energy integration. He has facilitating the preparedness of NTPC’s thermal Units for flexibilization with the support of international cooperation. He has been an active member of USAID’s Greening the Grid Program and Indo German Energy Forum (IGEF). Mr. Sinha has presented many papers on strategies for Renewable Integration in international conferences including COP 23 and Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), 1st and 2nd International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India. He has been members of committees set up by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and Ministry of Power (MOP), Government of India for Renewable Integration. He is also the advisor to USAID GTG-RISE Initiative in India.

Mr. Sinha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, BIT-Sindri, Masters in Operations Research, NIT-Durgapur and MBA in Finance and Strategy, MDI-Gurugram.

Who should attend?

  • Electricity Authorities
  • Electricity Regulatory Commissions
  • Power Generation Companies
  • Load Despatch Centers
  • Grid/System Operators
  • Industry Professionals
  • Manufacturers/OEMs
  • Policy Think Tanks/Research Organizations
  • Donor Agencies
  • Researchers/Consultants
  • Academia/Institutions

Pilot Study

USAID/India is supporting a range of pilots to help establish a framework for Flexible Thermal Power Generation in the country by conducting pilot studies and developing fleet-wide strategy and scalability road-map to build the business case for policy and regulatory measures to implement flexible operations in coal-based power generating units in India. These pilots are being implemented in partnership with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited, largest power producer in India and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL), a power generation company operating in the state of Gujarat. Most recently USAID partnered with Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) to replicate its work on coal flexibility.

USAID/India is supporting a range of pilots to help establish a framework for Flexible Thermal Power Generation in the country by conducting pilot studies and developing fleet-wide strategy and scalability road-map to build the business case for policy and regulatory measures to implement flexible operations in coal-based power generating units in India. These pilots are being implemented in partnership with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited, largest power producer in India and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL), a power generation company operating in the state of Gujarat. Most recently USAID partnered with Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) to replicate its work on coal flexibility.

Webinar

The primary objective of the webinar is to provide an opportunity to build regional capacities of developing economies in Asia where renewable integration is of significant relevance. It is aimed at creating awareness amongst the relevant stakeholders by providing access to the general trends on flexible operations at coal fired power plants and best-practices followed by lessons emanating from Indian case studies. Specifically, the webinar will help participants in understanding the key requirements and considerations for operating thermal units in flexible mode, key operational and commercial impacts on the plant equipment and imbibing changes to operational procedures for smooth transition to flexible operations.

About the Program

USAID/India’s Greening the Grid (GTG) is a five-year program implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Power (MOP), Government of India (GOI) under the ASIA-EDGE (Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy) Initiative. This program aims to support GOI’s efforts to manage large-scale integration of Renewable Energy (RE) into the grid. The central component of GTG is Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (RISE) Initiative which involves the design, implementation, and scaling of a series of prioritized innovation pilots, including the one on flexible operation of coal-based power plants, that support the integration of RE into the grid.

Implementation Team

GTG-RISE Initiative is implemented by Deloitte Consulting LLP. The pilot studies under the Flexible Operations of Thermal Power Plants Pilot is carried out with technical assistance from Intertek AIM, USA.

For Participation

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