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Indo-German joint venture to improve grid integration of renewable energies

Indo-German joint venture to improve grid integration of renewable energies

New Delhi, Aug 28 (UNI) India and Germany today signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the 'Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC),' to improve the sector framework and conditions for grid integration of renewable energies. The agreement was signed by Country Director of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India, Dr Wolfgang Hannig, on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) AN Sharan. Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines Minister Piyush Goyal said he was 'delighted' with the development, as 'India and Germany share a very dynamic and active engagement in a variety of areas, both on economic and people-to-people front.' 'Clean energy plays a very important role in this context as the two countries share similar philosophies. The relationship between GIZ and India will result in improved market mechanisms and regulations, apart from helping us train manpower to ensure grid stability and integration of renewables into grid. 'This will also ensure a safer and secure grid, which can take cyber challenges. 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,' he added. Mr Goyal recalled that during the last interministerial interaction between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 11, 2013 in Berlin, the bonhomie witnessed between the two leaders was 'a rare sight in this world of structured diplomatic relations'. He said it was a huge achievement for an industrial superpower like Germany, which had around 85 per cent of its energy needs being met by green clean energy. The grid scale concept was first initiated in Germany, which was later followed by other countries, including India, said Mr Goyal, adding that Germany is 20 years ahead in terms of solar growth. Talking about India, he said the country is one of the largest clean enegrgy producers in the world, having 34 solar plants, which develop 20 gigawatts of power.German Ambassador to India Dr Martin Ney said, 'In July 2012, the Power Grid Corporation of India submitted a comprehensive and well elaborated 'Transmission Plan for Envisaged Renewable Capacity' to MNRE, which paved the way for the country'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),' Dr Ney added. Under the agreement, the GIZ and MNRE will work on improving market mechanisms and regulations for integration of Renewable Energies; advancing technical and institutional conditions in specified target states, regions and on a national level; adding human capacities to handle systemic (strategic, managerial, financial, technical) Renewable Energies integration in an efficient and effective manner, Mr Goyal explained. He said the IGEN-GEC programme is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly implemented by the Union Ministries of New & Renewable Resources and Power, and GIZ. According to the Minister, the programme supports the implementation of Renewable Energy Management Centre (REMCs), Green Energy Corridors scheme of the Union government, which is a prerequisite for large scale grid integration of renewable energy, contributing to achieve the 175 GW target for renewable energy generation capacity by 2022. In the subsequent bilateral development cooperation negotiations after the Berlin meet, Mr Goyal said, Germany agreed to provide concessional loans of up to one billion Euros through KfW (German Development Bank) and up to 10 million Euros under technical assistance in forecasting, balancing, market design, network management and demand side energy efficiency, implemented by GIZ. These contributions have been further increased in 2015 and 2016 by concessional loans up to 400 million Euros for transmission infrastructure and up to seven million Euros for training activities in the photovoltaic solar rooftop sector and energy efficiency in residential buildings under technical assistance through GIZ, he added. 'This will ensure in leaving a better planet for the future generations, than we exist on,' Mr Goyal concluded. UNI RJ AE 1744

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