POSOCO-IMD WEATHER PORTAL AND WEB PORTAL “MERIT” LAUNCHED

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in collaboration with IMD and POSOCO has launched a weather portal for the power sector. This portal will help in predicting extreme weather events such as heat waves and floods which will effect on the load demand and energy production, transport and distribution management. It will be of aid to the DISCOMs to ensure a reliable supply and infrastructure planning. It will provide information regarding regional weather summary, radar, satellite image, meteogram and region specific forecast.

 

The portal “MERIT” (Merit Order Dispatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency) was also developed by MoP in association with POSOCO and CEA. It gives an array of information regarding merit order of electricity procured by the state. It will help the DISCOMs to provide power at a lower cost to consumers. It will also promote the use of clean and green power.

 

The article regarding the same can be accessed here.

ENERGY CONSERVATION BUILDING CODE 2017

Shri Piyush Goyal launched the Energy Conservation Building Code, 2017 which was developed by MoP and BEE. The code aims to optimize energy savings while keeping in mind the comfort levels of the occupants. It also aims to reduce building’s energy consumption and promote low carbon growth.

 

It has been estimated that by integrating the energy code, there will be a reduction in energy of 50%  and 30 BUs by 2030. Following are the salient features of the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017:

- Developed by BEE with technical support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the U.S.-India bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment Technical Assistance (PACE-D TA) Program.

 

- Anticipated reduction in energy consumption of 50% by 2030.

 

- Equivalent to 300 Billion Units by 2030, peak demand reduction of over 15 GW in a year, savings of Rs 35,000 crore and 250 million tonnes of CO2 reduction

 

- Minimum 25% energy savings to be demonstrated by new buildings to become energy compliant. Additional improvements of 35% and 50% would lead to higher grades like ECBC Plus or Super ECBC.

 

The article can be accessed here.

UTTAR PRADESH RELEASES SOLAR POLICY 2017

Uttar Pradesh has released its solar policy for 2017 which will be effective from the date of notification.

 

The policy promotes solar rooftop and grid connected solar projects. As per the policy, the state aims to achieve 8% RPO by 2022 which is in keeping with the target of 4300 MW by then. Following are the salient features of the policy:

 

  • The state government is promoting the development of solar parks by providing land for its development. It also provides connectivity of solar parks to the nearest substation.

  • To promote third party sale, exemption on wheeling/ transmission charges for third party sale.

  • They will also be exempted from cross subsidy surcharge, transmission and wheeling charges.

  • Banking: Banking of 100% energy in every financial year shall be permitted.

  • Electricity duty for 10 years shall be exempted for sale to distribution licensee and solar PV projects will not have to take environmental clearance.

  • Building permission from local bodies will not be required for residential, industrial or commercial units.

  • Single window clearence will be taken for all solar power projects by UPNEDA.

The order can be accessed here.

RECONNECT RECEIVES AWARD IN DIGITAL INDIA SUMMIT 2017

REConnect was awarded in the Digital India Summit 2017 in the energy and utility space by Times Now. A short program covering our flagship analytics product GridConnect was aired on Times Now on 17th June on ET Now and Times Now. To watch the telecast, please follow the links:

 

ET Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmg9JPTIfDU

Times Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI2VaV2nOnY&t=644s

AS PER STUDIES, EXPERTS ARE BAD AT PREDICTING SOLAR INSTALLATIONS

As per an article published by Visual Capitalist, organisations such as IEA (International Energy Agency) and EIA (Energy Information Administration), which have been predicting data on energy supply and demand as well as their forecast have been facing a number of challenges. Also, it can be said that these organisations are conservative with their forecast.

 

Source: Visual Capitalist

 

As per the graph, there is a huge gap between the historic data and the predictions by the IEA. None of the models have been able to rightly predict the growth in solar installations.

ANALYSIS OF MPERC DRAFT REGULATIONS ON FORECASTING, SCHEDULING, DEVIATION SETTLEMENT OF WIND AND SOLAR GENERATING STATIONS

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has published draft regulations for forecasting and scheduling for wind and solar projects. Important aspects of the regulation are discussed below.

Earlier Odisha, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had come out with their draft DSM Regulation on Forecasting & Scheduling of Wind & Solar.  So far, Karnataka is the only state that has published final regulations.

Executive Summary:

  • Forecasting and scheduling will be mandatory for all the wind and solar generators connected to the State grid, including those connected via pooling stations.

  • Error will be calculated on the basis of Available Capacity (AvC), with permissible deviation of ±15% for old wind projects and ±10% for new wind projects (i.e., projects commissioned after May 2017).

  • Settlement will be done through the “Qualified Coordinating Agency” or QCA. However there is no mention of Aggregation.

  • The Deviation charges shall be paid within 10 days of the issue of Statement of Charges for Deviation into the “State Deviation Pool Account”.

  • 16 intraday revisions will be allowed for wind and solar energy (one revision every 1.5 hours). Revisions will be effective starting from 4th time block onwards.

  • QCA will be treated as a state entity, registered with SLDC. The preparation and settlement of ‘Deviation Pool Accounts’ shall be undertaken on weekly basis coinciding with mechanism followed for regional energy accounts.

  • SCADA & Telemetry data is to be mandatorily provided to SLDC by the generators. SLDC shall formulate Data/information exchange requirements and protocols for the same.

Detailed Analysis:

MPERC has recently come up with draft regulation for forecasting and scheduling and deviation settlement mechanism. The primary objective is twofold: a) facilitate large-scale grid integration of solar and wind generating stations b) maintaining grid stability and security. Highlights of the draft regulation are below:

Applicability:

All Wind & Solar Pooling sub-stations, irrespective of their capacity, commissioning date and connectivity voltage level, have to provide a day-ahead and intra-day revisions to a maximum of 16/day, and one revision for each 1.5Hr interval.

Error calculation and penalty bands:

  • Payment for generation shall be as per actual generation (this is different from the inter-state regulation, where payment is on the basis of scheduled generation).

  • Error is calculated based on Available Capacity (this is same as in the case of draft regulations of TN, Gujarat, Odisha, Rajasthan and Jharkhand).

  • The deviation slab has been kept as (+/-) 10% for new projects and (+/-) 15% for old projects. The reference date for old and new projects is 26.5.2017.

Detailed Mechanism defined for Deviation Settlement

 

In case of Intra-State transmission, Penalty Mechanism for wind generating station or pooling station commissioned prior to 26.5.2017

 
In case of Intra-State transmission, Penalty Mechanism for wind generating station or pooling station commissioned after to the regulations are notified.
It is to be noted that the new projects commissioned after the regulations are notified, have to comply by stricter deviation norms, and may have to consider the costs and liabilities of this mechanism in their project financial planning.

MOP WAIVERS TRANSMISSION CHARGES AND LOSSES ON ELECTRICITY FROM SOLAR SOURCES

This is an attempt to encourage solar and wind  energy in the country, the Ministry of Power (MoP) had waived off the inter-state transmission charges and losses on the electricity generated by wind and solar sources of energy in September last year. That order has now been amended by the MoP  and as per the new order, transmission charges and losses are wavered off only on solar projects.  The MoP, after consultation with MNRE, CEA, CERC and POSOCO, has notified the following:

For generation projects based on solar resources, the waiver will be on projects commissioned till 31/12/2019. The waiver will be available till 25 years of date of commissioning of such projects and on solar  projects entering PPAs for sale of electricity to DISCOMs for compliance of RPO. The remaining of the terms and conditions remain the same as the 2016 order.

As per our analysis, this order by the MoP has a number of limitations. First of all, it is only applicable to solar projects from which the electricity will be sold to the DISCOMs. Secondly, it will only be on those solar projects entering PPAs for the compliance of RPO.

The order released in 2016 can be accessed here.

INDIA’S ELECTRICITY REQUIREMENT TO GO UP BY 37% IN THE COMING YEARS

As per the 19th electric power supply report by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the country will need 1,566 BUs of energy by 2022 which means that there will be an increase of 37%. An annual growth of 2.6% was recorded in the FY 2017. As per the 18th EPS report, the electricity generation for FY 2017 was supposed to be 1,355 BUs whereas it was close to 1143 BUs. The expected peak demand in the FY 2022 is supposed to be 226 GW.

 

The article reporting the same can be accessed here.

AERC releases retail tariff for FY 2017-18

The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) in an order dated  31st March released tariff for FY 2017-18 for the Assam Power Distribution Corporation Limited (APDCL). The change in energy charge from last year to this year has been depicted in the following table:

 

 

The tariff has increased since the last year specially for HT II industries and commercial users for who the tariff has increased significantly. There has been an increase in the CSS as well this year.

The open access charges are as follows:

 

Cross Subsidy Surcharge: The CSS for FY 2017-18 is Rs 1.31/kWh

Wheeling Charge : The wheeling charge applicable for FY 2017-18 is Rs 0.23/kWh

 Wheeling Loss: The wheeling loss at 11 kV is 11% and that at 33 kV is 5%

Transmission Loss: The transmission loss for Assam has been determined as 3.49%

 

The order can be accessed here.

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