India and US MoU on renewables grid integration
India’s Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Indian and US bodies to cooperate on integrating utility-scale renewable energy into the grid.
Analysts have made it known that if India’s astonishing rise in solar and wind deployments is to avoid severe bottlenecks, then just as much emphasis needs to be put into transmission infrastructure and grid balancing services. India is expected add a record 9GW of solar this year and the Indian government also announced today that the country had installed a record 5.4GW of wind power in FY2016/17, far exceeding its target of 4GW.
Now the Forum of Regulators (FOR), which coordinates power sector regulation in India, and the US National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) are set to sign the MoU to share information on renewables integration, energy storage, grid balancing using gas, demand-side approaches and energy imbalance markets.