Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2020

Real Time Electricity Market launched by Indian Energy Exchange

On June 1, 2020, Indian Energy Exchange launched Real Time Electricity Market (RTM). The main aim of the launch is to help discoms plan their power requirements.

Working of the market

The market will conduct 48 auction sessions during the day and the power will be delivered within one hour of closure of the bid session. The market, thus, will help distribution companies manage their power demand-supply variation. It will also help meet power supply needs in a better way.

About Real Time Electricity Market

The market aims to allow power utilities manage their demand dynamically. It will help to save huge deviation-related penalties. Also, it integrates renewables in an effective way. The market will facilitate utilities reduce their dependency on deviation framework. This will help save huge penalties.

Green Energy

The RTM will also help grid operators enhance renewables by facilitating the discoms manage their challenges of intermittency that are associated with renewables. The RTM will help the discoms forecast and schedule green energy. This will help India achieve its target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022.

India Energy Exchange

India Energy Exchange is an electronic system that is regulated by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). It was started in 2008. The exchange has participants from various platforms that includes power producers, State Electricity Boards, power traders and open access consumers.

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission

It is a statutory body that was set up under the Electricity Act 2003. It is Quasi-Judicial Body. Quasi-Judicial body is a non-judicial body that can interpret law.

The Commission was constituted mainly to regulate the tariff on power generating companies that are controlled or owned by GoI.

IISD: India’s Renewable Subsidies decline by 35%

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CCEW) and International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) recently released a report called “Mapping India’s Energy Subsidies, 2020”.

Highlights

The report says that India’s energy subsidies have declined by 35% in 2019 as compared to 2017. On the other hand, the oil and gas subsidies have increase by 65%.

The report also says that the subsidy expenditure of the country is to be greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Economic stimulus package of India is to be the main source to drive the energy sector in the future.

Key Observations of the report

The institutes have observed that India has shifted from public resources towards clean energy in the last 6 years. The fossil fuel subsidies have dropped by more than half. On the other hand, the subsidies for electric vehicles and renewable energy have increased by three and a half times since 2014.

The subsidies of electric cars have increased by 11 times since 2017.