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 Centre for Regulation and Policy was appointed by the Gujarat State Energy Generation Ltd (GSEG), for providing assistance in carrying out a pre-feasibility study for setting up a solar-wind hybrid power plant at Gujarat Pipav Power Company Ltd’s (GPPC’s) natural gas-based combined cycle power plant located at Village Kovya, Rajula Taluka, Amreli district in the state of Gujarat.

The proposed location is very close to the Gulf of Khambat and hence blessed with very good wind and solar resources availability. The study shall assess the techno-economic feasibility of setting up solar/ wind /solar-wind hybrid power projects under the prevailing policy and regulatory framework laid down by the state / central government.

The WISE team visited the site and submitted the pre-feasibility study to GPPC which covers analysis for optimal mix and potential locations for solar and wind projects, estimated generation from the hybrid system, the estimated tariff for the hybrid system, power evacuation options, regulatory and policy provisions in Gujarat along with risks associated with the project.

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

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

Key tasks carried out under the evaluation study were, assessing the status of implementation of projects sanctioned under the scheme, collecting and assessing feedback from stakeholders on the implementation of the scheme, assessing the barriers, constraints, and remedial measures, and 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 the intended objective is accomplished, and assessing the efficacy of implementation models introduced by  MNRE  in the guidelines,   recommending modifications where necessary.

The efficacy of the implementation model was assessed/analysed by adopting a two-phase approach: (i)  data collection through holding consultation with the implementing agencies, vendors, end users and subject experts,  (ii) direct data collection from the field visits of the five states and conducting consultations with field-level stakeholders like state implementing agency, vendor, end user/beneficiary and O&M service provider. For the purpose of data collection through consultation meetings and field-level surveys, structured questionnaires and formats were prepared for various stakeholders. The templates and data points were discussed with MNRE to ensure coverage and to draw clear outcomes from the field visits. A comparison of programme achievements to what was stipulated in the initial programme document in terms of objectives was done along with conclusions and recommendations. The final report will be submitted in the month of April 2021 to MNRE.

The Centre for Regulation and Policy prepared the approach paper after analyzing the relevant policy and regulations applicable in the state as well as the data associated with the technology. The final order was prepared after incorporating the comments/suggestions received. The aforesaid tariff order was issued in FY 2020-21.

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

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

The outcomes to be achieved are divided into short-term, medium-term and long-term. 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), and reduction in distribution losses by 3-5 percentage points through the adoption of digital technologies in the next 3-5 years (long term). The success of the project shall be measured through the accelerated adoption of digital technologies by utilities in the areas of digitalisation, in consonance with the report’s recommendations. The key stakeholder under the study is BEST.  The project is ongoing since January 2021.

Upscaling Institutional Capacities For Strengthening The Power Sector

Upscaling Institutional Capacities For Strengthening The Power Sector

Under the project, WISE aims to upscale and enhance its institutional capacities and leverage them towards benefitting and strengthening power sector utilities, especially in meeting the emerging disruptive technological innovations and challenges in the sector.

WISE will be developing three research documents/approach papers on
1) direct benefit transfer (DBT) of electricity subsidy,
2) a new regulatory framework for energy storage technologies and
3) a primer on digitalisation opportunities in Maharashtra. The project is supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi.

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.

The second approach paper on regulatory models for energy storage aims to review and analyse the challenges related to the definition and asset classification of energy storage in grid applications and suggest new regulatory models that allow bulk energy storage providers to monetize multiple value streams, in addition to claiming fixed capacity payments under specific service types. Both the approach papers will be peer-reviewed.

In continuation with its interest and focus on the state of Maharashtra, WISE has also prepared a primer that seeks to suggest potential opportunities for digitalization in the state. The project is ongoing since October 2019.

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).