New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy and Minister of State (Skill Development and Entrepreneurship) RK Singh inaugurated the Northern Region Renewable Energy Management Centre (NR-REMC) at a function in New Delhi, on Friday.
On the occasion, the Minister also dedicated eleven Renewable Energy Management Centers (REMCs) to the nation, placing India among a league of few nations, which have state-of-the-art management centres for renewable energy integration. While speaking at the event Singh said that the real challenge of integrating renewables is yet to reach but we are preparing for it.
He congratulated all those who planned the green corridors and REMCs and said that they are showing more vision that was shown by Europe and the United States (US) when they started at renewable energy management. The government’s target of 175 GW renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2022 driving accelerated RE penetration poses challenges to the grid management due to intermittent and variable nature of RE generation.
The renewable energy management centres are equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) based RE forecasting and scheduling tools and provide greater visualization and enhanced situational awareness to the grid operators. The Renewable Energy Management Centers (REMCs) are co-located with the State Load Dispatch Centers (SLDCs) in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat & Rajasthan and in RLDCs at Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi and at the NLDC.
Presently, 55 GW of Renewable (Solar and Wind) is being monitored through the eleven REMCs. The government had approved the implementation of the REMCs as a central scheme and had mandated POWERGRID as implementing agency. These REMCs are being managed by Power System Operation Corporation of India Limited (POSOCO) at the regional and national level and at the state level by State Load Despatch Centres (SLDCs).
During the event, the minister also released a report by POSOCO on “Analysis of Impact of Solar Eclipse – 26th Dec’19 on Indian Power System.” The report covered various areas such as solar generation forecasting, ramp estimation, the behaviour of PV plants (Photovoltaic power plants) during the solar eclipse. The variation in global horizontal irradiance during a solar eclipse for plants falling in annular and partial eclipse zone have been analysed in the report.