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POWER PLANNING

  • The committee, headed by power system expert Mata Prasad, has suggested transmission planning be aligned to meet customer aspirations.
  • Transmission planning can be done on the basis of projected load of the states and anticipated generation.
  • In renewable energy, the transmission system may be planned by a central transmission utility based on estimated capacity additions in perspective plan and renewable purchase obligations of each state.
  • A committee appointed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has suggested an overhaul in transmission planning to facilitate transfer of power on economic principles.
  • 2. The committee, headed by Mata Prasad, has suggested that transmission planning be aligned to meet customer aspirations as opposed to existing system where transmission is associated with long-term power purchase agreements.
  • 3. According to the committee, transmission planning can be done on the basis of projected load of the states and anticipated generation scenario based on economic principles of merit order operation.
  • 4. In case of renewable energy sources, committee said transmission system may be planned by the central transmission utility (CTU) based on estimated capacity additions in perspective plan and renewable purchase obligations of each state.
  • 5. The Centre has already launched renewable energy capacity addition of 175 Gw by 2032.
  • 6. To promote the power market, the committee has suggested that the transmission corridor allocation be suitably made.
  • 7. The committee has suggested system studies be carried out for various generation and load scenarios during peak and off-peak hours, considering renewable capacity addition and scheduling of various generating stations that don’t have any PPAs.
  • 8. Further, the committee has emphasised the need for the creation of a central repository of generators in the Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA), where any generation project developer proposing to set up a new generation plant must register itself.
  • 9. The committee has made a strong case for hand-holding of states by CEA and CTU for accurate demand forecasting. It is also suggested that states procure software for short-term, medium-term and long-term demand forecasting.