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Pre-Feasibility Study For Setting Up Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plant In Gujarat

Pre-Feasibility Study For Setting Up Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plant In Gujarat

The Gujarat State Energy Generation Ltd. (GSEG) sought WISE’s support for carrying out pre-feasibility study for setting up wind-solar hybrid power plant at Gujarat Pipav Power Company Ltd’s  702 MW natural-gas-based-combined-cycle power plant located at Village Kovya, Rajula Taluka, Amreli district in Gujarat.

The study aims to assess the techno-economic feasibility of setting up solar/ wind /solar-wind hybrid power project under the prevailing policy and regulatory framework laid down by the state / central government. The project is ongoing.

Evaluation Of MNRE Off-Grid And Decentralized Solar PV Application (Phase II) Programme

Evaluation Of MNRE Off-Grid And Decentralized Solar PV Application (Phase II) Programme

To support the national objectives and renewable energy targets specified in the National Solar Mission, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, has been strengthening the decentralised and off-grid programme through introduction of new schemes aimed at providing energy access to the rural population. MNRE has been providing Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for deployment of solar street lights, solar study lamps, standalone solar pumps, solar power packs, and other off-grid solar applications to meet the electricity, water pumping and lighting needs of the local communities/institutions/individuals in the rural areas.

In 2021-22, MNRE took the Centre for Regulation and Policy on board to revisit and evaluate the implementation of its off-grid and decentralised solar PV application programme (Phase-II) for  five states, viz. Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Manipur, and Mizoram, by  collecting  information  from  state  implementing  agencies, beneficiaries and other stakeholders, assess performance of the applications designed for different stakeholders, and develop the way forward for continuation of the programme along with required modifications in implementation process of the scheme.

Key tasks carried out under the evaluation study were:

Assessing status of implementation of projects sanctioned under the scheme.

Collecting and assessing feedback of stakeholders on implementation of the scheme.

Assessing the barriers, constraints, and providing remedial measures.

Assessing the impact of the scheme on living conditions, livelihoods and solar energy sector.

Conducting a cost-benefit analysis of the applications supported and indicate whether intended objective is accomplished.

Assessing efficacy of implementation models introduced by MNRE in the guidelines and recommend modifications where necessary.

The efficacy of implementation models was  assessed/analysed by adopting two phase approach (i) data collection through holding consultation with the implementing agencies, vendors, end users and  subject experts, (ii) through direct data collection from the field visits of the five states, and conducting consultations with field-level stakeholders. For the purpose of data collection through consultation meetings and field level surveys, structured questionnaire and formats were prepared.

The WISE team held virtual consultation meetings with the SNAs/ implementing agencies and vendors of the five states to understand the present status of programme implementation and get feedback about barriers /constraints/ issues faced. Consequently, the WISE team visited the five states for field level data collection and site survey, in consultation with the SNAs/implementing agencies. During the field visit, WISE collected primary information from the field and also held focused meetings / interviews with the SNA officials, local vendors, O&M service providers, and most importantly, end users.

After analysing the primary and secondary data, a comprehensive report was prepared where key observations, recommendations and way forward was presented. The final report was submitted to MNRE during the year under review.

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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Improving Operational Efficiencies Of Electricity Distribution Companies Through Digital Transformation

Improving Operational Efficiencies Of Electricity Distribution Companies Through Digital Transformation

Ongoing since 2021, WISE aims to assess the potential and opportunities for digitalisation of electricity distribution companies, taking into consideration the feasibility of acceptance and implementation in the context of specific technology as well as non-technology barriers. The project is supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi.

The Power Sector Vision 2030 for Maharashtra, prepared by WISE, suggests strategies for the power sector to address three major disruptions: decentralization, decarbonization and digitalization. The three disruptions are clearly interlinked as the emerging trends in decentralization (mini grids, local generation, demand response) and decarbonization (renewables and electric mobility), and will require digital technologies to hold the system together. Of the three trends, digitilization of the power grid has great potential to unlock value by improving the technical and operational efficiency of utilities, in particular for the distribution sector. The outcomes to be achieved during the assignment are divided into short term, medium, and long term, which are as follows:

Identification of specific digital interventions to improve operational efficiencies in the distribution sector (short).

Better asset maintenance and management to reduce downtime and improve efficiencies (medium).

Reduction in distribution losses by 3-5 percentage points through adoption of digital technologies in the next 3-5 years (long term).

The key steps, as envisaged under the study, are: 

Overview of digital technology adoption across different distribution utilities in the state.

Study of key digital technologies for distribution sector through literature review and case studies, and identification of key digitalization interventions that can have a significant impact in reducing the AT&C losses. Some of the indicative areas could be smart substations, sensor-based DT monitoring, advanced metering infrastructure, convergence between utility SCADA and Regional Load Dispatch Center, vehicle to grid, etc.

Identify key technological and non-technological measures across different utilities for adopting digital technologies through extensive stakeholder consultation.

Create management information framework for digital adoption to identify key digitalization interventions that can improve operational efficiencies across distribution network. 

Prepare draft report on key recommendations on specific digital interventions with expected financial implications based on technology integration costs/successful implementation models followed by stakeholder discussions.

Prepare final report and present the proposed recommendations to the top management of utilities and utility officials.

The project was thus successfully completed.

Upscaling Institutional Capacities For Strengthening The Power Sector

Upscaling Institutional Capacities For Strengthening The Power Sector

Supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, the project aims to upscale and enhance WISE’s institutional capacities and leverage it towards benefitting and strengthening power sector utilities, especially in meeting the emerging disruptive technological innovations and challenges in the sector.

WISE developed three research documents/approach papers under this project.

  1. The direct benefit transfer study focuses on the agricultural sector in Maharashtra and aims to develop an approach paper on new DBT power supply models that would transfer the agricultural subsidy directly to the farmers while utilising the benefits of government schemes.
  2. The second approach paper on regulatory models for energy storage aims to review and analyse the challenges related to definition and asset classification of energy storage in grid applications and suggest new regulatory models to allow bulk energy storage providers to monetize multiple value streams, in addition to claiming fixed capacity payments under specific service types.
  3. In continuation with its interest and focus on the state of Maharashtra, WISE also prepared a primer that provides potential opportunities for digitalization in the state. The reports were peer reviewed by key experts having vast experience in the electricity sector. The final project report, after incorporating the suggestions received, was successfully submitted during the year under review.

Following two peer reviewed research papers were prepared.

  • Regulatory approach to energy storage for India.
  • Managing direct benefit transfer for energy subsidies to the agricultural consumers in Maharashtra.
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 regulatory commission 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).