Giving Teeth to India-s Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy
Although the industry has generally welcomed the newly-enunciated Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy, review of its certain aspects may be necessitated on the back of some serious concerns
Towards the Grid of the Future
New technologies drive traditional utilities to redefine traditional approaches to operations. While micro-grids and other Distributed Energy Resources (DER) play a significant role in lighting up India's rural communities, supporting initiatives such as Saubhagya also play a valuable part in the development of India's smart grid of the future.
Change in Generation Landscape
The planned renewable capacity target of 175 GW by 2022 to enable our COP21 commitment and 'Power for All' program poses significant challenges of balancing variability and intermittency in the grid.
Transition from FiT to competitive bidding is a progressive change
The wind energy sector has progressed significantly over the past decade. The installed capacity of the country has doubled in the last five years and reached a whopping 32,508 MW which is almost ~56 per cent of our installed renewable energy base.
Many countries imposed regulations & taxes on coal, impacting end-users
Not just Indonesia, many countries, including Australia, have imposed regulations and taxes which impacted end-use companies that mined coal and commodities for purchase at cost of production. Higher taxes meant that input costs exceeded that on which the projects were constructed.
Change in coal export regulations by Indonesia and Australia has queered the pitch for Tata Power and Adani Power. But can India afford to forsake such huge assets built assiduously?
Insufficient gas infrastructure suppressing demand
India´s demand for stranded assets and for those with potential to displace other liquids has been assessed by agencies to be about 500 MMSCMD. However, these projections are modest, when the potential of gas availability to bring to fore the latent demands is factored in. Up to 800 MMSCMD gas can be estimated in supply unconstrained scenario.
Mission possible | Making waste-to-energy work in India
Waste-to-energy can help India deal with the not only the increasing garbage disposal problem, but also address health and economic issues. It provides a largely unexplored potential for the country´s development.
Hydro power yet to take off
With increasing demand for electricity and rising gap between the demand and supply situation in India, there is an urgent need to tap all possible energy resources. Hydropower leads the list for various reasons.
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