Praveen Kumar Agarwal - Director, Market Operations & Chief Information Security Officer, Power System Operation Corporation Ltd.
Q: The Indian government’s vision is to create a modern power system in India that is low-carbon, highly efficient, smart and interconnected, and most importantly provides power to all of its citizens. What in your view, are the main challenges to achieving this vision, and how might they be overcome?
A: The biggest challenge is the integration of the variability and unpredictability of the renewable resources in the grid. This challenge is increasing with increasing penetration.
Q: What do you see as the main opportunities for your company or organisation as India transitions its power sector?
A: Expansion of work area, innovation and growth opportunities.
Q: In your particular field what do you see as the major trends over the next 5-10 years?
A: Expansion of the market with more liquidity. Central optimization with decentralised scheduling. Market-based ancillary services.
Q: What projects or initiatives are you involved in or are aware of that you see as extremely important in developing the power sector in India and why?
A: Real Time Market, Market based ancillary, Renewable Energy Management Control Centers, Future SCADA System and its Cyber Security.
Q: You will be presenting/participating in a panel discussion at POWERGEN India | Indian Utility Week | DISTRIBUTECH India. What insight can you provide on the topics you will be covering and the key learning points?
A: New Technologies application in Power Sector like blockchain, AI/ML and its impact on the electricity market.
Q: Finally, if you could change anything about India’s energy sector, what would it be (please provide your top three changes)?
- To bring more liquidity to the electricity market by converting PPA to tradable instrument.
- Market running by ISO.
- Special framework for Power System Cyber Security.