transmission sector is getting some much needed funding in order to
meet the country’s growing solar
installations. Fifty-seven inter-regional power transmission projects have been
approved under the Power System Development Fund program. These projects will
cost Rs.72.68 billion (~$1.09 billion), stated Mr. Piyush
Goyal, Minister for Power, in the Lok Sabha.
The program can be utilized to create the necessary
transmission systems of strategic importance based on operational feedback by
load dispatch centers for relieving congestion in inter-state transmission systems and intra-state transmission system.
The development of these inter-regional transmission
projects will help ensure 100 percent grid-connectivity across the length and
breadth of India, stated an official at Ministry of Power. These projects are
not sector-specific; they will be utilized to evacuate power from all sources,
thermal and renewable, added the Ministry of Power official.
Inter-regional transmission corridors are being developed for
the transfer of power from surplus states to deficit states on a short-term basis,
said Mr. Goyal. A number of inter-regional transmission links have been planned
which interconnect the five: Northern, Western, Southern, Eastern and North
Eastern regional grids. Total inter-regional transmission capacity stands at
63,650 MW as of January 2017, added Mr. Goyal.
has previously reported on the development of the inter-state
and intra-state transmission network under the Green Energy Corridor