Emerging Role of the System Operator

Alok Kumar and Sushanta K. Chatterjee

in Electricity Sector in India

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198082279
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082063 | DOI:
Emerging Role of the System Operator

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Power system operation is a critical function and the role of the system operator becomes crucial in the context of the emerging imperatives of competition and promoting renewables in the electricity sector. This chapter covers the legal and policy provisions regarding the role and functions of the system operators at the national level, regional level, and state level. It explains the need for independent system operation for effective functioning of the power market and then critically examines the present state of functioning of the load dispatch centres in the country at different levels. The chapter also dwells on the debate over Transmission System Operator versus Independent System Operator model in the backdrop of system operation in India. The chapter covers a detailed analysis of ring-fencing of load dispatch centres and emphasises the need for operational and financial autonomy of the organizations operating the load dispatch functions. In the context of the functioning of the load dispatch centre at the state level, there have been some critical developments with long-term ramifications on power sector reforms. This chapter examines these issues and also suggests the way forward.

Keywords: India; electricity sector; power system operation; system operator; load dispatch centre; power market; Transmission System Operator; Independent System Operator

Chapter.  4973 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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