The challenges and opportunities of low carbon transition in India’s power sector
21 March 2017
India has strong ambitions to enhance access to modern, secure, sustainable and affordable energy to its growing population. While the contribution of renewable energy to India’s power mix has grown in recent years, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of a power system built primarily on coal raises new challenges.
For example, as increasingly cost-competitive renewables are added, improving the flexibility of the system as a whole becomes a priority. What measures and technologies would enhance the ability of the grid to adapt to changing electricity supply and demand patterns? What regulatory and market frameworks would be needed to deliver power where and when it is most valued? How could existing assets be economically used in a more environmentally sustainable manner? At what cost could a flexible power system be achieved?