Regulators and policy makers are working on finding solutions for these challenges, including a proposal to introduce ancillary services in India.
Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
Infocast’s B2BWebinars.net, the leader in business intelligence on the Web, is scheduled to host the webinar titled Insights from the Recent India Blackout on October 25, 2012.
After the worst blackout in India’s history left more than 600 million people without power, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission ordered a detailed investigation of the blackouts. Early analysis suggests that the events were caused by a combination of factors creating a perfect storm. These problems were compounded by some of the structural challenges faced by the Indian grid. Indian grid operators have a difficult task at hand of keeping the lights on in a situation where most of the country faces over a 12 % power deficit.
This is exacerbated by the existing generation mix, which is much too dependent on base load generation and suffers from lack of sufficient availability of flexible generation capable of quickly ramping to meet sudden imbalances in supply and demand. Also, with a push for renewable energy sources, India has an installed base of over 18GW wind and over 1 GW of Solar PV generation as part of a 200 GW install base. As a result, the grid frequency in India does vary from 48.8 Hz to 50.5 Hz on some days.
Regulators and policy makers are working on finding solutions for these challenges, including a proposal to introduce ancillary services in India. Tata Power has already introduced a Demand Response program in Mumbai through Customized Energy Solutions and other utilities are exploring their options.
There is also tremendous interest in exploring energy storage technologies for renewable integration, ancillary services as well as microgrid applications. In addition, there are regulations on card, which will require wind farms over 10 MW to start scheduling wind power based on day-ahead forecasts to provide some help to the grid operators. The India Energy Storage Alliance was launched earlier this summer to help leading storage and microgrid providers understand these opportunities and also share insights about global case studies related to storage implementation with Indian regulators and potential customers.
B2BWebinar.net’s webinar, Insights from the Recent India Blackout, will provide background on the ground realities of Indian grid and opportunities presented by the massive scale of challenges faced by India.
For more information or to register, visit the webinar website at http://www.b2bwebinars.net/microgridsweb or contact Infocast Events at (818) 884-4444.
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