Power minister discusses draft policy on energy storage system

The union minister of power and new and renewable energy has discussed the elements of the draft policy on energy storage system (ESS) to promote their creation on a large scale.

The policy aims at the creation of technology-agnostic storage system across the value chain of the electricity sector. The setting up of standalone ESS may be made as a delicensed activity. As per the proposed policy, ESS developer will be granted inter-state transmission system (ISTS) connectivity under general network access (GNA) allowing them to sell/ purchase power from any part of the country. Quantum of ESS included with round-the-clock (RTC) renewable energy (RE) shall be counted as renewable purchase obligation (RPO) for storage. Renewable energy certificates (RECs) may be issued to ESS. The policy proposes that transmission cost for RE shall be waived both at the time of charging the storage as well as at the time of selling the stored RE.

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