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Ministers release report on renewable energy corridors

Ministers release report on renewable energy corridors
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited on the advice of Forum of Regulators (FOR)/Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) and Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has evolved transmission infrastructure requirement and other related services for integration of large scale envisaged renewable capacity in 12th Plan into the grid. Respective State Nodal Agency (SNA) / STU have provided information regarding renewable capacity programme in the eight renewable potential rich states, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir to Power Grid.

The outcome of the studies is presented in the report entitled ‘Green Energy Corridors’ covering Intra/Inter State transmission system strengthening, other facilities like flexible generation, establishment of Renewable Energy Management Centre(REMC), forecasting etc. to address intermittency and variability aspects as well as grid integration issues of large scale RE generation. The report has been finalised upon discussion with MNRE/Planning Commission/MOP/CERC/CEA/FOR.  

This report is the first of its kind in our country which will provide an impetus to large scale integration of Renewable paving the way for clean development. Estimated investment requirement for development of above infrastructure would be about Rs. 43,000 crore.

To achieve a sustainable growth, energy security is of paramount importance for which large scale integration of renewable generation shall play a prominent role. Renewable energy has the inherent advantage of greater resource flexibility of a distributed energy system.

In this direction, transmission plays a central role to facilitate seamless flow of electricity in a reliable and affordable manner, increasing efficiency with the application of smart grid technologies.

Towards this, the ‘Green Energy Corridor’ report is one of the most appreciable efforts as the renewable energy sector is coming into increasing focus in the context of climate change vis-à-vis concern on energy security.
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