Optimal Electricity Mix for the Southern Region: Summary Report of NIAS – MOES Workshop 17th January 2020 (NIAS/NSE/EEP/U/WR/07/2020)
Source:National Institute of Advanced Studies, Number NIAS/NSE/EEP/U/WR/07/2020, Bengaluru, p.20 pp (2020)
A one-day workshop was organized on January 17, 2020 at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) on the theme, “Optimal Electricity Mix for the Southern Region.” Results of studies undertaken by the Energy and Environment Program at NIAS were presented at the workshop to get feedback and inputs from experts and practitioners in the power sector regarding the theme. The presentations in the workshop included the current overall situation of the power sector, the challenges in renewable energy integration, and ongoing interventions and modeling efforts to better manage a diverse and large Indian power system, with a specific focus on the southern region in India. The overall aim of the workshop was to arrive at a set of suggestions as well as research directions to address the question of economic burdens on increasingly stressed distribution companies in the country as well as to make the best use of available resources in an environmentally sustainable manner. The range of topics covered during the workshop included, generation expansion planning for India, evaluating the financial implications of emissions reductions in the southern region, optimal thermal energy use to compliment increased infirm power supply in the grid, regulatory and infrastructural challenges to renewable energy integration, developments in clean coal technology with a focus on coal gasification, and strategies for ensuring cost-effective environmental sustainability in the coal and lignite fired power plants. This report contains a summary of the deliberations and the key recommendations that are worthy of consideration by policy makers to transition towards an optimal energy mix for the southern region. Similar studies are being undertaken by NIAS for the overall electricity sector in the entire country.