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TATA Power-DDL & CEEW Collaborate to Accelerate Renewable Power Integration and Micro-Grids in Delhi

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TATA Power-DDL signed an MoU with Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) to accelerate Renewable Power Integration and Micro-Grids in Delhi.

  • The collaboration will focus on implementable plan to meet a portion of future power needs using Solar and DER technologies, Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, Grid Level Storage, Peak Load Shifting, etc.
  • Will also assess the impact of air pollution on the life of power distribution assets and their operational performance
  • The collaboration could help achieve Delhi’s solar generation targets of 1 GW by 2020 and 2 GW by 2025, in accordance with the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission’s guidelines for implementation of the Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering framework

TATA Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL), which distributes electricity to a populace of over 7 million in Delhi, today signed an MoU with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), one of South Asia’s leading not-for-profit policy research institutions, to evaluate and accelerate the integration of decentralised renewable energy into Delhi’s power grid.

The collaboration will include joint research on the impact of increased solar rooftop deployment on the quality of power supply, determining optimum rooftop solar photovoltaic share at the distribution transformer-level and techno-economic feasibility of agricultural solar micro-grids. The research findings will provide TATA Power-DDL with an implementable plan to meet a portion of its future power needs using solar and other Distributed Energy Resources (DER) technologies.

Further, TATA Power-DDL and CEEW will also assess the impact of air pollution on the life of power distribution assets and their operational performance. The assets will be evaluated on the basis of their maintenance and replacement history along with prospective measurement of air pollution in areas where degradation is likely to be higher.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL) is a joint venture between Tata Power and the Government of NCT of Delhi with the majority stake being held by Tata Power Company (51%). Tata Power-DDL distributes electricity in North & North West parts of Delhi and serves a populace of 7 million. The company started operations on July 1, 2002 post the unbundling of the erstwhile Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB). With a registered consumer base of 1.8 million and a peak load of around 2106 MW, the company's operations span across an area of 510 sq. kms. Tata Power-DDL has been the front-runner in implementing power distribution reforms in the capital city and is acknowledged for its consumer friendly practices. Since privatization, the Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses in Tata Power-DDL areas have shown a record decline. AT&C loss is a measure of overall efficiency of the distribution business which is the difference between units input into the system and the units for which the payment is collected. Today, AT&C losses stand at 7.3 % which is an unprecedented reduction of around 84% from an opening loss level of 53% in July 2002.

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