B.B. Mehta, chief engineer, state load despatch centre (SLDC), Gujarat Energy Transmission Company (GETCO), has been associated with the company for more than three decades now. He has worked extensively in areas such as load despatch and real-time power system operation, and has expertise in supervisory control and data acquisition implementation and IT. He has also represented Gujarat on various forums.
In his current role, Mehta is in charge of optimum scheduling and despatch of electricity, monitoring of grid operations, keeping accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted through the state grid, and exercising supervision and control over the intra-state transmission system. Mehta is also responsible for carrying out real-time operations for grid control and electricity despatch within the state through the secure and economic operation of the state grid.
Commenting on the sector, Mehta says that it is possible to meet the growing demand with adequate resources and effective planning. “Continuous efforts are necessary to optimise system availability for meeting the demand in an economical manner as well as to ensure secure grid operations. Meeting the demand from the agricultural and industrial segments may enable the state to achieve higher productivity, profitability and competitiveness in the export market,” he notes. In his view, Gujarat’s power system is healthy with reliable operations. The SLDC recorded the highest catered peak demand of 14,976 MW on September 11, 2015, without transmission constraints.
Talking about real-time integration of renewable energy generation, Mehta says that some of the issues that need to be addressed are voltage control grid stability, reactive power management, very high or low renewable generation resulting in critical over/ underloading in associated transmission elements, and underutilisation of the EHV network during lower renewable energy injection.
Although he has little time to spare owing to job demands, whatever free time he gets he likes to spend with his family or listening to classical songs and watching old movies. Mehta’s wife is a homemaker and their elder son, an engineering graduate from the NIT, Bhopal, and is the co-founder of a start-up in the US BioMedical and is pursuing a Ph.D. while the younger one is pursuing a B.Tech. from IIT Roorkee. “Whatever our children have achieved is because of my wife’s contribution,” he says.