GIZ and MNRE Sign Agreement to Improve Framework Conditions for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the “Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC)” on 28.08.2017 in New Delhi. The main objective of this programme component is to improve the sector framework and conditions for grid integration of renewable energy in India.

In the distinguished presence of Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India and Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India, the agreement was signed at the Shram Shakti Bhawan, Ministry of Power, New Delhi by Dr Wolfgang Hannig, Country Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India and Mr A.N. Sharan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Speaking on the occasion Minister Goyal said “I am delighted that this relationship between GIZ and India will result in improve market mechanisms and regulations, help us train manpower, to ensure grid stability & integration of renewables into grid and ensure safer & secure grid and a grid which can take cyber challenges”. Mr Goyal further added that Germany is a very reliable partner country and has been supporting India in achieving its goal for sustainable development through bilateral cooperation for almost six decades now.

Dr Ney added “When in July 2012 Power Grid Corporation of India submitted a comprehensive and well elaborated “Transmission Plan for Envisaged Renewable Capacity” to MNRE it paved the way for India’s ambitious goals to transform its power system by significantly increasing the share of renewable energies in the energy mix. Also in Germany’s “Energiewende” the evacuation and grid integration of renewable energy plays a pivotal role with major technological and fiscal challenges. Both the countries have very constructive dialogue under the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF).

The IGEN-GEC project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The IGEN-GEC project is one of the giant leap to support Government of India achieve the set target of 175 GW renewable energy generation capacity by the end of 2022. The German contribution to the project is up to EUR 7,000,000.

Being committed to this objective, GIZ and MNRE will work on improving market mechanisms and regulations for integration of Renewable Energy into the gird. A strategy will be outlined for advancing the technical and institutional conditions for grid integration in target states as well as the national level.

Speaking about the agreement, Mr Anjani Nandan Sharan said “. Today is an auspicious day as we sign the Implementation Agreement for Green Energy Corridors technical cooperation with GIZ. I can very well say that this is one of the key cooperation examples where India is aiming, with active contribution from Germany, to resolve crucial technical barriers for integrating variable renewable energy like solar and wind power into the mainstream electrical networks.”

Dr Winfried Damm, Director, IGEN extended his vote of thanks and said “The technical cooperation covered by this implementation agreement builds on the work which has already begun under the IGEN-GEC, e.g. the preparation of analytical reports on various aspects of renewable energy and grid integration.”