Power minister R.K. Singh today launched eleven Renewable Energy Management Centres (REMCs), placing India among a league of few nations which have state-of-the-art management centers for renewable energy integration.
The REMCs are equipped with artificial intelligence based renewable energy forecasting and scheduling tools and provide greater visualization and enhanced situational awareness to the grid operators.
The accelerated pace of renewable energy integration to meet the government’s ambitious “175 GW by 2022” target poses challenges to the grid management due to intermittent and variable nature of RE generation.
Presently, 55 GW of renewable energy (solar and wind) is being monitored through these centers.
While speaking at the event, the minister congratulated all those who planned the Green Corridors and REMCs and said that they were showing more vision than was shown by Europe and Unites States when they started at renewable energy management.
The REMCs are co-located with the state load dispatch centers (SLDCs) in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan and in regional load dispatch centres (RLDCs) at Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi and at the national load dispatch center (NLDC).
REMC is the “hub” for all information regarding RE power generation in its area of responsibility which could be on SLDC, RLDC or even NLDC level. It acts as the RE single point of contact for the main grid operations team—reads a document by German government’s international cooperation arm GIZ.
The government had approved the implementation of the REMCs as a central scheme and mandated POWERGRID, under Ministry of Power, as the implementing agency. These REMCs are being managed by Power System Operation Corporation of India Ltd (POSOCO) at regional and national level and by SLDCs at State level.