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Energy Transition

The Energy Transition (ET) practice offers services across multiple facets of the industry from Renewable Energy (RE) grid integration studies, procurement strategy, policy analysis and design to RE transition and due diligence support. With expertise in energy modelling, including national and state-level capacity expansion, storage modelling, and RTC modelling, it also provides flexibility resource assessment, project feasibility development and structuring, and transmission planning and assessment studies. The Energy Transition team is technically proficient and experienced in various clean energy technologies such as solar, wind (onshore and offshore), hydro, storage (battery and pumped hydro), hybrid, biomass, municipal solid waste, waste-to-energy, hydrogen, and electric vehicles.

Energy Modelling

Energy Modelling incorporates simulation and forecasting of the electricity grids by considering various input parameters such as the existing and contracted generation, the hourly Renewable Energy (RE) generation profiles and load profiles, load projections, transmission constraints, and several other scenarios. These input parameters represent the operating conditions of the grid, and a scenario and uncertainty analysis add a layer of reliability to the results. Processing such simulations on mathematically driven optimization engines can highlight the long-term resource mix under various scenarios and uncertainties while also providing a short-term hourly/sub-hourly dispatch analysis. These results give a practical insight into grid operations that can enable various stakeholders to take informed decisions.

We have a dedicated modelling team under the ET practice that is experienced in using various modelling tools. We have partnered with Energy Exemplar, Australia, for promoting PLEXOS as an integrated energy modelling solution for the changing face of the Indian power sector. With PLEXOS, we can offer the following niche services:

  • Long-term capacity expansion and hourly dispatch modelling
  • Renewable energy and storage modelling
  • RTC modelling
  • Thermal assets modelling and fuel management
  • Portfolio optimization
  • Financial modelling and contract price optimization
  • Evaluating investment opportunities
  • Energy price forecasting and market analysis
  • Uncertainty analysis using Monte-Carlo simulations and stochastic optimization.

We have extensive modelling experience, having been in the following exercises, to name a few:

  • National and state-specific least-cost expansion and dispatch studies
  • Business models for pumped storage Hydro
  • Maximum banking potential for a state
  • C&I and RTC modelling
  • Long-term power procurement plan for a distribution company

Renewable Energy - Development and Policy

Since the last 10 years, Idam Infra has been a key contributor towards the expansion of upcoming Renewable Energy sectors in India which are going to play strategic roles in India’s energy security and in the fulfilment of its NDC targets. We, along with multilateral agencies like UK-FCDO and USAID, are working to promote RE initiatives like offshore wind and wind repowering. We are actively engaged in pioneering work to support policy making for wind repowering in India at the national as well as state level. We have played a crucial role in realising India’s offshore wind potential with our ongoing participation in the Technical Assistance (TA) programme. We have a lot to offer when it comes to strategic Renewable Energy sectors development at the national and state level with our experienced team. The following studies offer a brief overview of our expertise:

  • Renewable Energy Grid Integration Studies
  • Renewable Energy Policy Analysis and Design
  • Integrated Renewable Energy Action Plan (Renewable Energy Action Plan) for India at national and state level
  • Offshore Wind Integration and Model Evacuation Framework
  • National and State level Offshore Wind policy
  • National and State level Wind Repowering policy
  • Strategic services for Transmission Planning and Assessment Studies

Environmental and Social Dimensions

Energy transition is an integral part of fighting climate change and adopting sustainable practices. The need for high energy supplies and affordability has led to a bigger spotlight on Renewable Energy technologies. Along with being one of the major components of energy transition, Renewable Energy is also a proven way of providing decentralised energy systems for the society. The emphasis on adopting Renewable Energy with its suitable applications is with the aim of achieving SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) which is the main goal of transitioning from conventional to non-conventional, alternative sources of energy. The role of community is central to this endeavour. The connection between Renewable Energy, community, and environment is critical to establish sustainability in its truest sense in the domain of energy. Our Energy Transition vertical works with the objective of advocating for a just transition. It aims to work on industry, innovation, and technology applications that reach the goal of climate action (SDG 13).

While working on the Renewable Energy aspects, it is of central importance to us to adopt an inclusive approach. In our recent work on offshore wind energy, inclusivity has also been an integral part of the major development plans along with environmental and social compliance. In doing so, we attempt to address the goal of energy transition with due consideration of SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy), SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals). Our offshore wind energy work is indicative of our desire for national, regional and local collaborations and making sustainable development collaborative in nature. We also aim to work towards collaborations on effective Renewable Energy technology to ensure smaller carbon and water footprints and better placing in terms of lifecycle. On a broader scale, we address:

  • Environmental and social implications of Renewable Energy projects.
  • Potential of inclusivity in Renewable Energy implementation and a collaborative approach.
  • Working towards a just transition.
  • Integrating environmental and social safeguards/frameworks in Renewable Energy implementation and policy development.
  • Integrating innovations in Renewable Energy technology that could pose s smaller threat in terms of lifecycle.