India has experienced a significant economic growth in recent decades which influences the country’s electricity demand. This has grown by more than 6% per year for the last decade and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years. There are four key objectives of the Indian energy policy: Access at affordable prices, improved security and independence, greater sustainability, and economic growth. To meet some of these objectives, the Government of India has policies aiming to add 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, with a long-term goal of 450 GW.
Energy planning is required to ensure cost effectiveness while expanding the generation fleet. To this purpose, high-quality modelling of the energy sector is necessary. It can be a key contributor in assessing the appropriate steps in planning of generation capacity to meet the growing demand, while transitioning towards a greener energy sector. To support these initiatives, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) under the Indian Ministry of Power and the Danish Energy Agency have agreed to exchange knowledge on topics within technology development and power system modelling. This part of the partnership develops knowledge exchange on power modelling and planning in the short-, medium- and long-term perspective.
As the consultant on this project, the overall objective for Ea Energy Analyses is to create a partnership and share knowledge on energy planning by state-of-the-art long-term energy modelling tools, allowing a thorough power sector analysis and energy planning. A part of the objective is to further enhance the high skill level within the power sector modelling capacity in the involved institutions to provide inputs to the Indian national electricity plan and to expand on the existing power analysis knowledge.
For this project Ea has developed a Balmorel model for India and carried out training activities on modelling using Balmorel for CEA and DEA personnel. Furthermore, the project aims to work towards developing an Indian Power Outlook.
The project runs from October 2020 to June 2021.