IESA, FICCI dis­cuss elec­tric­ity stor­age sys­tem in In­dia

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In­dia En­ergy Stor­age Al­liance (IESA) along with the Fed­er­a­tion of Indian Cham­bers of Commerce and In­dus­try (FICCI) hosted a stake­holder’s con­sul­ta­tion on In­tro­duc­tion of Elec­tric­ity Stor­age Sys­tem (ESS) in In­dia at Fed­er­a­tion House (FICCI) in New Delhi. The stake­holder’s con­sul­ta­tion was in re­sponse to Cen­tral Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion’s (CERC) re­cent staff paper on the same sub­ject mat­ter. The event wit­nessed ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion from the in­dus­try with over 100 del­e­gates and government stake­hold­ers no­tably from CERC, led by chair­man Gireesh Pradhan and his team who were in­volved in the draft­ing of the staff paper.

“Stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion is key for the elec­tric­ity sec­tor and hence sought this at an early stage for en­ergy stor­age” claimed Pradhan in his key­note ad­dress, ac­knowl­edg­ing that ESS with­out reg­u­la­tory sup­port will fail to take off and hence the staff paper aimed to ad­dress the gaps es­pe­cially deal­ing with the miss­ing definition of en­ergy stor­age in the elec­tric­ity act. Dr Rahul Walawalkar, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor (IESA), ad­dressed the ma­jor con­cern of sys­tem costs as sought in the paper, pro­vid­ing key in­sights from other global mar­kets, in­di­cat­ing key pol­icy drives and cost trends.

Post the ini­tial pre­sen­ta­tion, the floor was open to dis­cus­sions with Pradhan mod­er­at­ing the pro­ceed­ings sup­ported by the CERC team. Speak­ers in the ses­sion in­cluded Tower and In­fra­struc­ture Providers As­so­ci­a­tion (TAIPA), Pankaj Batra (Mem­ber Plan­ning from Cen­tral Elec­tric­ity Author­ity (CEA), SK Soonee (former CEO of POSOCO) and IESA mem­ber com­pa­nies such as Delta, AES, UL, ACME, Ster­ling & Wilson, OTPCL and TERI among oth­ers. Prom­i­nent in­ter­ac­tions cen­tred on reg­u­la­tory changes needed to in­te­grate stor­age. Sug­ges­tions for in­te­grat­ing stor­age with re­new­able en­ergy was a key point of dis­cus­sion with RE de­vel­op­ers sug­gest­ing to opt for a hy­brid model where stor­age is co-lo­cated with RE as­sets thereby shar­ing the in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­men­tal costs. A sec­tion of the par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sent­ing the in­vestor com­mu­nity and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies sought clar­ity in terms of the pro­posed tech­nolo­gies, stan­dard­ised pro­ce­dures to en­sure qual­ity of in­stal­la­tion and end of life re­cy­cling and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects of en­ergy stor­age tech­nolo­gies. The IESA-UL task force’s work in for­mal­is­ing stan­dards for the Indian mar­ket was high­lighted in this con­text. Sum­maris­ing the stake­hold­ers’ view Pradhan agreed that stor­age will be a key as­set in adding flex­i­bil­ity to meet peak de­mands and there needs to be a mar­ket model for its de­vel­op­ment like the US or UK model of in­te­grat­ing stor­age in an­cil­lary ser­vices. He pointed out that stor­age is now a proved tech­nol­ogy and In­dia has to move to­wards large-scale adop­tion rather than wait un­til a few pi­lot projects are built.

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