Workshop on “Incentivizing Coal Flexing to Support Variable Renewable Energy Integration and Grid Balancing” in New Delhi, August 22 – 23, 2019
United States Energy Association under USAID India’s Greening The Grid (GTG) Program convened a two-day workshop on ‘Incentivizing Coal Flexing to Support Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) Integration and Grid Balancing’ here in New Delhi on August 22-23, 2019. The workshop had peer-to-peer dialogue to share experiences and lessons-learned on the regulatory and market mechanisms for coal flexibilization to balance VRE generation. International experts representing Public Service Commission Of Utah (U.S.), Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Energy UK, AES UK & Ireland, Way Consulting Ltd will share global benchmarks on financial, regulatory and policy practices to incentivize and compensate coal flexing for its new role in grid stability. The workshop will provide Indian counterparts with “suggestive steps” to support the coal generators with the transition to the new, load following style to support India’s fast VRE expansion. The workshop includes participation from Ministry of Power, Government of India, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), POSOCO, NTPC Limited, GERC – Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission, Gujarat State Electricity corporation Ltd., private players from GE Power, Tata Power, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) Friends and academia IIT Delhi.