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