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RENEWABLE INTEGRATION IN INDIA REPORT BY NITI AAYOG AND IEA

RENEWABLE INTEGRATION IN INDIA REPORT BY NITI AAYOG AND IEA

Context:

On 22nd July, a report, 2021 Renewables Integration in India 2021 was jointly launched by NITI Aayog and IEA. This report is based on the outcome of workshops held in 3 states along with the Governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat to understand the energy transition challenges which are faced by these renewable-rich states.

Highlights of the Report:

  • This report utilizes IEA modelling results to show the effects of various flexibility options on the power system.
  • As highlighted by the report, India’s power system can integrate renewables (175 GW by the year 2022 and 450 GW by the year 2030), but it would need proper planning,  identification of resources, regulatory policy and institutional support, energy storage and advanced technology initiatives.
  • The Indian states need to employ a wide range of options such as more flexible operation of coal based power plants, grid improvements, demand response and storage so that they can transition to cleaner electricity systems.
  • Time of Use (ToU) tariffs can be used to motivate flexible consumption and incentivise demand side management.
  • Government’s policies on the flexibility of thermal power plants and the growing transmission networks through the green corridors along with the need of cost effective solutions for storage technologies was also raised in this report.

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