Under the Paris Agreement, India has committed that 40% of its electricity will come from non-fossil fuel sources. Between 2010 to 2015, India has more than doubled the amount of energy being produced by wind power in the country from 21GWh to 45GWh, and in the same period solar has grown from less than 1GWh to 9GWh. With increase in contribution from renewables, utilities across the country will need to handle increased variability in supply from renewables, and plan for ways to balance it with alternatives.

EPIC-India researchers are collaborating with Brookings India and Karnataka Power utilities to assess the intermittency of renewable sources, how the balancing needs can be met by other sources of power available to the state, and quantify the implications of the intermittency and seasonal variability on conventional generating plants and distribution companies in Karnataka. The empirical assessment uses highly granular temporal and spatial data secured from the utilities.

EPIC-India’s engagement in Karnataka is supported by the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago


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Brookings India

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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

Karnataka Power Corporation Limited

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For over three decades, the Karnataka Power Corporation has been a prime mover and catalyst behind key power sector reforms in the state – measures that have spiraled steady growth witnessed in both industrial and economic areas. Right from the year of inception, in 1970, KPCL set its sights on “growth from within” meeting growing industry needs and reaching out to touch the lives of the common man, in more ways than one. KPCL today has an installed capacity of 6498.91 MW of hydel, thermal, solar and wind energy, with 9500 MW in the pipeline. The 1720 MW Raichur Thermal Power Station located in Raichur dist is accredited with ISO 14001-2004 certification for its environment protection measures. From an industry vantage point, KPCL has raised the bar on the quality of deliverables and is constantly working at lowering the cost per megawatt – a commendable cost-value equation that has become a benchmark on the national grid. KPCL’s stock in trade is industry proven – well-established infrastructure & modern, progressive management concepts and a commitment to excel, helping it meet the challenges of the rising energy demands of Karnataka.