ADVANCING POWER SECTOR REFORMS IN MAHARASHTRA

ADVANCING POWER SECTOR REFORMS IN MAHARASHTRA

This project resulted in the development of a power sector vision document for Maharashtra and the preparation of an IT roadmap for the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), highlighting past digital initiatives and recommending future areas of thrust. The project was undertaken by WISE in association with KPMG Advisory Services Limited, Mumbai, and supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi.

WISE and KPMG worked directly under the guidance of the Principal Secretary, Energy, Government of Maharashtra to develop the Power Sector Vision 2030 document. The final report was launched by the Honourable Energy Minister of Maharashtra, Chandrashekhar Bawankule. In the second major initiative on the study of the technology evolution of MSEDCL, the project team worked under the direct supervision of the CMD, MSEDCL. A booklet detailing MSEDCL’s IT initiatives and recommendations on key future interventions was submitted to the CMD, MSEDCL.

The Power Sector Vision 2030 document advocates a strategic view of the future, specifically in the context of emerging disruptions: digitilization, decentralization and decarbonization. The report provides guidance on specific actionable strategies that the state power sector could initiate and highlights trigger events that could lead to market strategies or technology-forcing for precipitating actions.

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Development of RE-based Mini-grid regulations for Odisha

Development of RE-based Mini-grid regulations for Odisha

With the objective of accelerating the development of decentralized electricity generation in the country, WISE supported the Government of Odisha to develop RE-based mini-grid generation and supply regulations for improving energy access to remote communities in the state.

WISE worked in association with the state nodal agency, OREDA, to prepare an initial approach paper highlighting the key parameters for consideration in generation and supply regulations. The approach paper was put up for public consultation and the inputs were incorporated in finalizing the mini-grid regulations which were subsequently notified by the state regulatory commission in 2019. The project helped the state to advocate, promote and deploy RE-based mini-grid projects on scale and enhance energy access and socio-economic development of the underserved/un-electrified rural areas within its boundaries.

The project received support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, and the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).

WISE-UN CAPACITY BUILDING FOR POLICYMAKERS FROM WESTERN AFRICA

WISE-UN CAPACITY BUILDING FOR POLICYMAKERS FROM WESTERN AFRICA

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) associated with WISE to design, support and coordinate a capacity building and study tour for senior policymakers from West Africa. Senior-level officials from Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman and Sudan participated in the study tour.

WISE designed and supported the entire programme in consultation with UN-ESCWA. It comprised lectures over two and a half days and one and a half days was set aside for site visits. The training programme provided detailed study resources and expert lectures from WISE staff and external experts. The site visits allowed the participants to look at the technology in operation, understand operational aspects and assess the benefits of the system. Baseline assessment and post study tour evaluation was then conducted to ascertain the effectiveness of the programme.

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Study Tour Report

ENERGY STRATEGY FOR THE INDO TIBETAN BORDER POLICE OUTPOSTS

ENERGY STRATEGY FOR THE INDO TIBETAN BORDER POLICE OUTPOSTS

WISE extended support to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for preparing DPR on integrating renewable energy solutions to meet the power generation requirements of various border outposts of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The main objective was to assess the feasibility of an RE based energy system for the border posts located in extreme climatic conditions at 67 border outposts spanning across 4 states, at altitudes varying from 3000 to 6000 m with a minimum temperature -40C during winters.

WISE assessed the potential and site feasibility for solar, wind and diesel-based backup solution and initiated the feasibility analysis for solar PV, and wind power, and optimized the capacity as per expected load profile. Since these sites are located at isolated places, battery-based storage was proposed for round-the-clock power availability. In addition, DG sets were also proposed to meet the backup power requirements and improving the reliability of the system. Along with power, solar thermal systems for hot water have also been designed for meeting the border outposts’ hot water and room heating needs. The interventions proposed by WISE are 100% automatic, with minimum human intervention required.

Clean Energy Technology Action Plan for three states

Clean Energy Technology Action Plan for three states

The UK-FCO awarded a project to WISE to develop a clean energy technology action plan for three states: Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The main objectives of the project were to strengthen the states’ renewable energy capacity and address energy security concerns across various sectors including power, industry, water and transport.

WISE undertook this project in 2009 at a time when wind energy was fledgling and solar energy was still unestablished. The awareness levels in state governments about RE technologies and clean energy were low. WISE undertook a comprehensive literature review and data analysis exercise across diverse sectors and worked with the states’ top bureaucrats to consult and prepare a roadmap and action plan for accelerating clean energy interventions.  Under the project, WISE also undertook a detailed renewable resource assessment that suggested huge RE potential (wind and solar) in the GW range.

The study findings were groundbreaking and received with some skepticism despite high-level government support. The study reports received extensive publicity and many of the implementation strategies, mainly in the area of renewable energy policy and regulations, received considerable traction through direct state government actions over the next five to ten years.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY CODE FOR INDUSTRIES IN BHUTAN

ENERGY EFFICIENCY CODE FOR INDUSTRIES IN BHUTAN

After completing the project on promoting ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technologies in the Building Sector’ for the Government of Bhutan, WISE was awarded a second project by the Bhutan government for development of Energy Efficiency Codes of Practice for the industrial sector.

The Government of Bhutan published its Energy Efficiency Policy and Roadmap in 2019 which comprises different time-bound activities and targets for achieving reduction in energy consumption targets. Under this policy, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, through the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE), proposed the development of energy efficiency codes of practice. The main objective is to meet the national targets of achieving energy consumption reduction in the industries. The project scope includes stakeholder consultations, industry visits, drafting the energy efficiency codes of practice and providing training to the industries. The project is currently ongoing.