Power Minister R K Singh on 28 February 2020 dedicated to the nation 11 Renewable Energy Management Centres (REMCs) for renewable energy integration.
Singh also inaugurated the Northern Region Renewable Energy Management Centre (NR-REMC) at a function in New Delhi. On the occasion, the Minister dedicated to the nation, eleven REMCs, placing India among a league of few nations, which have state-of-the-art management centers for renewable energy integration, a power ministry said. Speaking on the occasion, Singh congratulated all those who planned the Green Corridors and REMCs and said that they are showing more vision than that shown by Europe and the US when they started renewable energy management.
 
What
  1. The government's target of 175 GW renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2022 poses challenges to grid management due to intermittent and variable nature of RE generation.
  2. The REMCs are equipped with artificial intelligence-based RE forecasting and scheduling tools and provide greater visualisation and enhanced situational awareness to the grid operators.
  3. The REMCs are co-located with the State Load Dispatch Centres (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 Centre (NLDC). 
  4. Presently, 55 GW of renewable power (solar and wind) is being monitored through the eleven REMCs.
  5. The government had approved the implementation of the REMCs as a central scheme and had mandated PowerGrid, a Maharatna CPSE under the Ministry of Power, as the implementing agency.
  6. These REMCs are being managed by the Power System Operation Corporation of India Ltd (POSOCO) at the regional and national level, and at the state level by SLDCs.
  7. The minister also released a report by POSOCO on 'Analysis of Impact of Solar Eclipse 26th Dec'19 on Indian Power System'.
  8. The report covered various areas such as solar generation forecasting, ramp estimation and behaviour of PV plants during solar eclipse.
Flashback
  1. Power System Operation Corp has now been set up into an independent company for ensuring the neutrality of the transmission system operations in 2014.
  2. The government has decided to set up Power System Operation Corp (POSOCO) as an independent government company.
  3. It was earlier part of central transmission utility Power Grid Corporation. The exercise of hiving off POSOCO was aimed at putting in place an independent, secure and reliable power system operation entity at the national level as mandated under the Electricity Act, 2003.
  4. POSOCO operates the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) and Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDCs) which are also responsible for operating the electricity market in the country.
  5. It is also designated as the nodal agency for major reforms in the power sector such as the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Mechanism, transmission pricing, short-term open access in transmission, Deviation Settlement Mechanism, Power System Development Fund (PSDF), etc.
  6. The Enquiry Committee set up following the July 2012 grid disturbances recommended putting in place zero tolerance systems, including setting up of an Independent System Operator.
  7. It has been decided to establish POSOCO as a wholly-owned government company under the Ministry of Power, thereby giving a big thrust to bring in further reforms in the power sector at the central level.