This report has charted a cost-effective and feasible pathway for India’s power system to achieve high levels of wind and solar electricity generation by 2030. Under this scenario, additional investment in coal-fired power beyond the current pipeline would be neither necessary from a system adequacy point of view nor financially justified, given the rapid cost declines in renewables plus storage and broader grid integration strategies. This would put India’s power system on a pathway to almost zero emissions by 2050. The analysis presented in this report demonstrates that such a pathway is both technically feasible and economically affordable. However, the challenge is considerable. India’s power system has many advantages and many achievements already, not least its huge and integrated grid. But more than the achievement of renewable capacity addition targets, the focus of policy and regulation should shift to how to make the Indian power system more flexible and fit for purpose in the new paradigm of increasing shares of variable renewables.
Published : 22nd Jul 2020
Availability of charging facilities at public places is the key prerequisite for adoption and rollout of electric vehicles (EV). This Paper examines various issues related to electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) or charging stations related to policies, standards, interoperability and business models for creation of an enabling EVSE ecosystem for faster rollout of EVs.
Published : 22nd Jul 2020
The white paper delves into the various enablers to influence increased adoption of charging infrastructure. Understanding these enablers is important in understanding the role that a particular regulator/government/utility can play in encouraging the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. Based on international benchmarking and findings of the analysis done, phase-wise roadmap has been proposed
Published : 13th Jul 2020
India has announced ambitious renewable energy targets (mainly for solar and wind sources): 175 GW by 2022, 275 GW by 2027, and 450 GW by 2030. However, the capacity value of these variable renewable energy sources is limited without grid-scale energy storage. An increasing number of battery storage projects are being built worldwide, and there is significant interest in storage among Indian utilities and policymakers. However, detailed India-specific cost benchmarks that could help utilities design solicitations and assess costs and benefits have been unavailable.
Published : 8th Jul 2020
This report has been prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for discussion purposes with a broad range of stakeholders. These include Indian regulatory agencies (such as the Forum of Regulators, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, and various State Electricity Regulatory Commissions), policy makers, utilities, and developers to inform a broader dialogue around the future direction of Indian states’ approach to regulating and facilitating DPV-plus-storage systems. Importantly, this report is intended to offer key regulatory considerations for facilitating DPV-plus-storage programs for retail customers. As the role of regulators is often to convene and balance the interests of a broad range of stakeholders, including policymakers, utilities and customers, this report focuses on their role in the development of behind-the-meter DPV-plus-storage programs. Throughout the report, relevant cases from U.S. states are provided as examples of how novel regulatory issues related to behind-the-meter energy storage systems paired with distributed photovoltaic are being addressed in practice.
Published : 7th Jul 2020
In Bangalore, RMI has partnered with Micelio and Government of Karnataka’s departments—the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), Invest Karnataka Forum, and the Department of Industries and Commerce—to cohost the Urban Mobility Lab. On 19–20 February, 2020, over 150 stakeholders from Bangalore’s mobility ecosystem, representing leaders in government, private sector, and civil society, came together in a multi-stakeholder workshop to collaboratively develop solutions to help Bangalore address its key mobility challenges and develop implementable solutions to realize a shared, clean, and citizen-centric mobility future. Together, these participants developed and prioritized more than ten actionable solutions. This report offers a reflection of the discussions that took place at the 19–20 February workshop and a summary of the prioritized solutions. It aims to share the solution details, including key insights and lessons learned, in order to accelerate the implementation and scaling of mobility solutions in Bangalore and beyond.
Published : 8th Jun 2020
The electric two-wheeler (E2W) market in India has grown by a CAGR of 62% from FY2016 till FY2020. The FY2020 sales of electric two-wheelers stood at 152,000 units, which is a marginal increase of 20% over that in the previous year. E2W space is anticipated to witness significant disruption after 2024 when the battery prices fall below $100/ kWh. This price is seen as the point around which EVs would reach at price parity with the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles.
Published : 29th May 2020
Published : 27th May 2020
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India appealed to the citizens on 3rd April 2020 at 09:10 Hrs to switch off their lights and light lamps/ candles on 5th April 2020 at 21:00 Hrs for 9 minutes.
Published : 28th Apr 2020
Over 30 cities and more than 100 senior leaders from the public and private sectors and civil society participated, representing all levels of the government, transport and power sectors, and a range of geographies. They made valuable connections, generated insights to inform and advance the work, and shared suggestions for ways to further support the ecosystem moving forward. This report is a reflection of the discussions that took place at the workshop. It aims to capture insights generated during the workshop by sharing common challenges and solutions proposed by stakeholders working on early-stage e-bus implementation in Indian cities. DHI and RMI hope it can help inform the actions of stakeholders across the e-bus ecosystem in India and beyond.
Published : 25th Mar 2020
This report provides a quantified foundation for a vision about how batteries can contribute to sustainable development and climate change mitigation over the coming decade. The analysis underscores that this opportunity can only be achieved sustainably through a systemic approach across social, environmental and economic dimensions. It outlines key conditions and presents recommendations to realize this potential.
Published : 16th Mar 2020
This Business Guide to Adopting EVs in India has been co-created with companies from India’s EV value chain, including business fleet operators. Together, we have identified three of the most scalable use cases for business and fleet EV adoption in India. These are employee transport, platform-based ride-hailing, and last-mile urban freight and deliveries.
Published : 5th Dec 2019
Key findings of the study: Despite fewer components needed for producing an electric car, the indigenization of electric powertrain and battery pack assembly will result in a 5.7% higher value-addition for the auto-industry in case of a 30% penetration of electric cars in new sales when compared to BAU in 2030. Given the lower job intensity associated with electric car manufacturing, about 20% to 25% fewer jobs will be created in a 30% electric car sales scenario depending on the level of indigenization. We further map the EV ecosystem that needs to develop in India and present EV stakeholders' views on policy, finance and supply chain barriers that they face.
Published : 29th Nov 2019