The Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN) was represented at the ‘Windergy India 2017 – International Conference and Exhibition’ held from 25th to 27th April 2017 at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi. Mr. Markus Wypior, Deputy Director, IGEN participated in the panel discussion on ‘Grid Integration & Planning’ chaired by Mr. KVS Baba, Chief Executive Officer, Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO). The other panelists of the discussion were: Mr. Peter Jorgenson, Vice President, Energinet.Dk (Denmark), Mr. B. B. Mehta, Chief Engineer, Gujarat State Load Despatch Centre, Vadodara, Mr. Ajit Pandit, Director, Idam Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Dinesh Majithia, VP Engg and O&M, Wind Business, Orange Renewable and Mr. Pankaj Batra, Member, Central Electricity Authority.
As India plans to move towards a system with higher penetrations of wind energy, it is increasingly important for grid operators to understand how they can reliably integrate large quantities of wind energy into system operations. The example from Denmark shows that the system operator can provide very valuable services when he has full information e.g. by bringing in balancing power at the lowest cost. India’s unified national transmission grid is in the process of being significantly upgraded and many important policies have already been put into place at the central level in order to prepare for a larger share of renewable energy in the grid. It is now important that these policies are also being implemented adequately at the state level.
Mr. Wypior who is also in charge of the IGEN Green Energy Corridor project on large scale grid integration of renewable energy contributed to the discussion saying that despite the recent steep decrease of the cost of renewable energy projects one should not forget the cost of the system operation e.g. for balancing power due to the volatile nature of the renewables. However, one also needs to measure these costs against the environmental and health hazards caused by the conventional thermal energy generation which are socialised and not reflected in power tariffs (e.g. CO2 emissions and air pollution).
Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) in partnership with Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) hosted Windergy, the largest annual conference and exhibition on Wind Energy. Created by the industry and for the industry, Windergy India brought together key Government authorities, International and National Wind Energy players, Service Providers, cutting edge Innovators, vital Financing Entities and other stakeholders on a single platform.
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