A Special Issue: India Marching Towards a Future with More Renewables
In this special issue, we put India in the spotlight for its ambitious and brave efforts to make its power system greener. The issue observes the policy and regulatory bottlenecks that affect the applications and deployment of any bold yet socially invaluable initiative. In this case, India’s energy plan and the smart grid share the overarching goals of requiring adaptability and persistence in a complex and challenging intertwined environment of applications.
By Saptak Ghosh and Jai Asundi
In February 2015, the Government of India announced the ambitious target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy (RE) by 2021-22. This target comprises 100 GW solar, 60 GW wind, 10 GW biomass and 5 GW small-hydro. Today, the total installed RE capacity is expected to cross 70 GW and account for around 20% of the country’s power generation capacity.
By Rahul Tongia
In 2014, before the Paris Accord, the new government of India announced exceedingly ambitious Renewable Energy (RE) targets: to quadruple RE capacity to 175 GW by 2022. This required a growth rate of over 25% per annum at the time, in contrast to targets in California, the EU, and China that were in the order of 5%.
By R. Nagaraja and Chandrasekhar Reddy Atla
India is progressing in the energy sector with large and aggressive energy transformation programs on smart cities, renewable energy development policies and grid modernization projects. Green Energy and Smart Grids will play a key role in the success of these programs.
By S K Soonee, K V S Baba, S C Saxena, K V N Pawan Kumar
Indian power system is progressing on the path to integrate 175 GW renewables by 2022. The target, though a daunting one, seems to be within the realms of reality. Several measures were initiated including, inter-alia, amendments in policies, introduction of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) programs, encouragement of competitive pricing, augmentation and strengthening of power transmission network (Green Energy Corridors), regulatory interventions for a suitable electricity market design, a dozen of dedicated Renewable Energy Management Centres (REMCs) for smart operational management of renewables, synchrophasor technology as an enabler of the transmission smart grid and, last but not the least, promotion of innovation and financial support for sustainable distribution utilities.
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