Roughly $7.9 billion is now set aside for India’s “Green Corridor” which will foster an increase in the flow of alternative energies to the nation’s electricity grid.  According to Responding to Climate Change (RTCC), “India’s electricity grid needs to be overhauled to incorporate increased investments in clean energy,”.  As India works to initiate its green energy plans, it may be able to solve its energy issues sooner rather than later.Green energy plans

Expanding the Grid

According to Age Business Day, India will build a grid to span seven states.  It will take nearly six years to complete.  This part of India’s green energy plans will be funded by the country’s National Grid Fund along with assistance from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.  A German development bank is also funding a portion of the project.  The grid is part of India’s strategy to reduce the number of blackouts that have occurred and to increase the amount of alternative energy that be used by the grid.

Meeting Demand

According to RTCC, sustainable energies have just about doubled over the last five years.  Yet the grid infrastructure has not reliably been able to incorporate this renewable power.  If the energy, however, could be properly channeled to the grid, the outages that have left more than 700 million people without electricity could be decreased.  With all the progress occurring in India to increase green energy, it has become essential to overhaul the nation’s grid.  The current grid is vulnerable—so much so that the government must impose fines on wind farms, for instance, that cannot accurately predict its output a day before transmission.

Reducing Blackouts

India’s severe blackouts last year, according to Power Engineering International, were partially due to drought conditions that affected hydroelectric power.  On the other hand, this article states that “human error, underinvestment and poor regulation and system management” also were part of the problem.  Decreasing blackouts is an essential component of India’s green energy plans.  Though the power grid failure was ultimately a combination of many factors, those factors must now be addressed if the country is to ward off such blackout periods again.

Multi-State Grid Balance

In the past and, particularly during blackout periods, various Indian states were either supplying more power than was predicted or were using more power than planned.  These imbalances, in essence, threw the grid off balance.  As mentioned earlier, fines must now be imposed not only for power generation stations but for states as well.  Accurate reporting is important to the grid’s stability now and in the future.  According to reports, however, the fines have induced states to comply with more carefully wrought estimates of power usage and production.

The Rise of the Micro-grid

While the country’s grid overhaul will take place over the course of the next half decade, experts believe that the micro-grids that have been popping up all over the country may actually help urban areas where they are based.  To combat the blackout periods, many industries and companies have implemented their own micro-grid to safeguard their operations during peak periods that lead to electricity failures.  Because combatting the power shortages isn’t likely to happen overnight, these micro-grids can keep some energy flowing.renewable energy sources

Green Energy to the Grid—and to the Micro-Grids

Other nations, of course, have the same trouble getting their renewables to aged grids.  Like elsewhere in the world, India must ready its grid infrastructure to handle the great influx of renewables like solar and offshore wind.  While the national grid system must ready its ‘corridor’ for incoming alternative energies, rural villages that do not have access to the grid—nor are likely to any time soon—can now tap into the new technology of the micro-grid that can store energy and allow small villages to use that energy.  According to EcoSeed, the “benefits are enormous”.  This energy is not only half the cost of diesel, it is based on wind, biomass, or solar—all green energies.

With funding in place and work underway, India’s energy future is in flux.  While the grid system will safeguard the electricity supply to cities and major regions, the micro-grids will finally allow rural locales the chance to power up.  Perhaps most importantly, all these changes are making use of alternative energy through new green energy plans giving us energy that is green and renewable.

Laura Ginn understands the need for investment in alternative sources of renewable energy. She suggests that for more information on green energy people shouldtake a look at the free advice guides that are available on uSwitch.com.

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