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Ready to tackle supply shock due to demand swing: Govt

NEW DELHI: At a time when India increasignly will get confined to work-from-home and desires 24X7 energy, the nation’s grid system is totally geared to keep operational stability and keep away from any supply shock due to sudden demand swing due to the financial impression of coronavirus pandemic, energy minister R Okay Singh informed TOI on Monday.
Ministry sources informed TOI the nationwide grid operator POSOCO is placing in laying down a routine to be adopted if the system comes underneath strain due to a mixture of a number of elements, particularly demand-side mismatch and excessive renewable content material in technology basket.

Singh mentioned India’s arterial distribution community is technologically probably the greatest on the earth and has the benefit of being a “one-nation-one-grid” underneath a single controller. “Eleven renewable energy management centres and static precipitators have been added to deal with intermittency of renewables and hydel projects can now be switched on quickly to manage demand swing,” Singh mentioned, including the thermal crops have been given higher flexibility with decrease operational threshold of 55%.

“We haven’t seen any signal (pressure on grid) yet. (But) we are prepared to manage (demand-side mismatch),” he mentioned.

The International Energy Agency on Monday cautioned international locations over grid instability and resultant blackouts, particularly in less-developed programs, as coronavirus pandemic curtails financial actions and demand for energy.

Industry gamers defined that the Indian grid may come underneath strain due to 10% renewable content material within the technology basket. “Thermal generation can be curtailed in the day to accommodate renewable in the day when demand falls. But you won’t have renewables in the night and it will take 6-8 hours to switch on a thermal plant,” one business supply mentioned.

Executives at state-run NTPC, the most important technology utility in India, on Monday mentioned there was no curtailment and technology stood at “usual levels”. They, nevertheless, did count on some curtailment if the coronavirus scenario continues or worsens.

According to the Central Electricity Authority, India’s whole technology capability stood at 3,69,427 MW. Renewable power technology sources stood at 86,759 MW.

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