6th EU-India workshop on energy regulation

6th EU-India workshop on energy regulation

6th EU-India workshop on energy regulation

As part of the annual EU-India policy dialogues, the EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership (EU-India CECP) in collaboration with the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) hosts a series of online webinars to discuss topics pertinent to the Indian power sector. To facilitate these discussions EU-India CECP has been conducting the ‘EU-India Regulatory Workshop Series for the last 6 years. In its 6th edition, a series of online events are being conducted on concurrent topics for the year 2023-24.

To enable clean energy transition in the Indian power sector the country has been taking many key measures right from setting ambitious targets in terms of renewable energy generation capacity, new market design regulations, and network planning both for national and trade beyond borders.

The following events are planned under the ‘EU-India Regulatory Workshop Series’:

  1. Interoperability – 30th January 2024 (conducted)
  2. Resource Adequacy – 19th February 2024 (conducted)
  3. Scarcity Pricing – 10th April 2024 (upcoming)

First webinar on interoperability – Conducted on 30th January 2024

The first webinar on Interoperability was conducted on January 30, 2024, aiming to discuss the integration of distributed resources in the market and the necessity of standards for smart appliances to ensure interoperability. Despite the rise of smart devices, the absence of common standards on internet protocol platforms hinders seamless communication between them. While the National Smart Grid Mission has been announced to promote energy management, the lack of standardized automation for appliances remains noticeable. Policymakers and business strategists emphasize the need for effective energy data management, including data protection and standardization, to unlock new energy services. Interoperability is crucial for integrating smart appliances, promoting electricity market participation, and ensuring effective planning, requiring coordinated efforts to implement standards for seamless integration and operation within the energy ecosystem.

The session also featured presentations by esteemed speakers, Ms. Swetha Ravi Kumar, Executive Director at FSR Global; Ms. Laura Sandys CBE, Former Chair of the UK Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce; and Mr. Vimal Mahendru, Vice President, and Chair of the Standardization Board at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Presentation by FSR
Presentation by Ms. Laura Sandys
Presentation by Mr. Vimal Mahendru

The agenda of the session on Interoperability was:

14:00-14:05 (IST) / 09:30-09:35 (CET): Welcome Address by Swetha Ravi Kumar | Executive Director, FSR Global
14:05-14:15 (IST) / 09:35-09:45 (CET):
Opening Remarks by Bartosz Przywara | Counsellor, European Union Delegation to India
14:15-15:05 (IST) / 09:45-10:35 (CET):
Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Parul Bakshi | Research Fellow, FSR Global

  • Andrei Covatariu | Co-Chair, Digitalization in Energy Task Force, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Laura Sandys CBE | Former Chair, UK Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce
  • Swetha Ravi Kumar | Executive Director, FSR Global
  • Vimal Mahendru | Vice President and Chair of the Standardization Board, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • Sridhar Ponugupati | CEO and Foundation, Blaze Automation

15:05-15:25 (IST)/ 10:35-10:55 (CET): Q&A with the audience
15:25-15:30 (IST)/ 10:55-11:00 (CET): Closing Remarks by Dr. Parul Bakshi | Research Fellow, FSR Global

Second webinar on Resource Adequacy – Conducted on 19th February 2024

The second webinar on Resource Adequacy was conducted on February 19, 2024, from 14:00 to 15:30 IST on the Zoom platform(virtual). This debate aimed to facilitate discussions on the importance of Resource Adequacy. Resource adequacy is a crucial concept in the energy sector, ensuring that the power system can reliably and efficiently meet electricity demand, especially amidst transitions towards renewable energy-oriented grids. Recently, the Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA) introduced draft guidelines to address the integration of renewables into the grid while maintaining reliability. On the other hand, the European Union (EU) has faced similar challenges for years, aiming to integrate renewables and unify diverse national electricity systems. EU has developed the sophisticated European Resource Adequacy Assessment (ERAA), which forecasts power system adequacy for up to a decade ahead. This system covers all EU member states, as well as other European countries like Switzerland and Norway. Utilizing advanced methodologies and probabilistic assessments, ERAA models potential events impacting future supply-demand balance, assisting policymakers in strategic decision-making. Drawing from the experience of EU could help enhance the stability and equilibrium of Indian power systems given their complexity and challenges.

The session also featured presentations by esteemed speakers, Mr. Yaser Tohidi, System Development, ENTSO, and Ms. Christine Brandstatt, Assistant Professor at the Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure (CSEI)

Presentation by Mr. Yaser Tohidi
Presentation by Ms. Christine Brandstatt

The agenda of the session on Resource Adequacy was:

14:00-14:05 (IST) / 10:30-10:35 (CET): Welcome Address by Swetha Ravi Kumar | Executive Director, FSR Global
14:05-14:15 (IST) / 10:35-10:45 (CET): Opening Remarks by Bartosz Przywara | Counsellor, European Union Delegation to India
14:15-15:05 (IST) / 10:45-11:35 (CET): Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Parul Bakshi | Research Fellow, FSR Global

  • Ghanshyam Prasad | Chairperson, Central Electricity Authority
  • Soonee Sushil Kumar | Former CEO & Founder, POSOCO/Grid India
  • Yaser Tohidi | System Development, ENTSO
  • Pablo Dueñas Martínez * | Research Assistant Professor, Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  • Swetha Ravi Kumar | Executive Director, FSR Global

15:05-15:25 (IST)/ 11:35-11:55 (CET): Q&A with the audience
15:25-15:30 (IST)/ 11:55-12:00 (CET): Closing Remarks by Dr. Parul Bakshi | Research Fellow, FSR Global

Third webinar on Offshore Wind Energy – Planned for 10th April 2024

The third webinar on Offshore Wind Energy is scheduled for April 10, 2024, from 14:00 to 15:30 IST on the Zoom platform(virtual). This debate aims to facilitate discussions on Offshore wind energy, which is an important avenue for both the European Union (EU) and India as they strive to meet their renewable energy targets and transition to cleaner energy sources.  EU has been leading in offshore wind energy, with countries like Germany, and Denmark making significant investments and advancements in this area. They've set ambitious targets to increase offshore wind capacity, aiming for 60 GW by 2030 and 300 GW by 2050. In India, offshore wind energy is in its early stages, but the country has immense potential for development along its extensive coastline. The Government of India has identified sites for offshore wind farms and plans to auction projects to developers. India's National Offshore Wind Energy Policy aims to tap into this potential and meet renewable energy goals. Collaboration between EU and India in offshore wind energy could be beneficial. EU has expertise in technology, policies, and project implementation which could provide insights to India as it further delves into the offshore wind energy sector while India's growing market and challenges could offer learning opportunities for EU.

The agenda of the session on Offshore Wind Energy is as follows:  

14:00-14:05 (IST) / 10:30-10:35 (CEST): Welcome Address by Swetha Ravi Kumar | Executive Director, FSR Global 
14:05-14:15 (IST) / 10:35-10:45 (CEST):
Opening Remarks by Bartosz Przywara | Counsellor, European Union Delegation to India 
14:15-15:05 (IST) / 10:45-11:35 (CEST):  
Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Parul Bakshi | Research Fellow, FSR Global 

  • Alp Gunsever, Head of Secretariat, Centre of Excellence for Offshore Wind and Renewable Energy
  • Lalit Bohra, Joint Secretary, MNRE
  • Siddharth Arora, Associate Director–Clean Power, Shakti Foundation
  • Niels Bahnsen, Project Director for Energy, NIRAS* 

15:05-15:25 (IST)/ 11:35-11:55 (CEST): Q&A with the audience
15:25-15:30 (IST)/ 11:55-12:00 (CEST): Closing Remarks by Dr. Parul Bakshi | Research Fellow, FSR Global

Registration link for Offshore Wind Energy: Link