The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has
released a white paper on energy storage systems in an effort to generate
discussion among the stakeholders and better understand users’ perceptions about deployment and
operation issues relating to grid-level storage technologies.
The CERC believes that a well-established policy and
regulatory framework for energy storage can channel investment into this
segment of the power sector. The white paper covers probable
uses of storage technologies, operational framework, tariffs, and other related
The report envisions various applications of energy storage
systems in India:
- enhance the reliability of delivery of power
generated from wind and solar technologies by controlling the intermittent
nature of the generation and in effect, increasing the value of renewable
- address peak demand usage by shifting delivery
of economical generation output during peak periods.
- provide spinning reserves or ancillary support
- improve the efficiency of power system by
storing excess generation over and above required generation for 50.00 Hz
frequency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by wasteful excess
- reduce the need for major augmentation of new
- assist in black start operations during emergency
preparedness providing robustness to the power system operation.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, in 2016, 322.5
MW of solar projects with battery energy storage system have been tendered
in India. A memorandum of understanding has also been signed between the
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Andaman & Nicobar
Administration, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for NTPC to
set up 50
MW of solar projects with battery energy storage systems at Port Blair, the
capital of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.