Gujarat power firm to get US support for renewable energy

Aug 02 2014, 01:44 IST
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SummaryThe US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has signed a grant agreement with Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO) to support the integration of renewable energy sources into its power transmission system.

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has signed a grant agreement with Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO) to support the integration of renewable energy sources into its power transmission system.

The agreement was signed in New Delhi at the annual US-India Strategic Dialogue, which concluded on Thursday.

This technical assistance will allow GETCO to analyse its power system through modeling and statistical techniques, and to develop strategies to ensure appropriate load balancing and frequency regulation for its transmission operations. This project will be carried out by Quanta Technology.

“We are pleased to support this effort to identify US solutions that can enhance the reliability of transmission networks as renewable power sources become a growing part of India’s energy mix,” said USTDA regional director Henry Steingass. “And we are also proud to continue our track record of connecting US experts to projects that will help India implement its vision of a modern aviation infrastructure with a new effort in aviation security.”

The agency also announced a cooperation agreement with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to establish an Aviation Security Equipment Testing and Evaluation Programme. The proposed programme, which would be the first security initiative under the US-India Aviation Cooperation Programme (ACP), will help AAI and BCAS develop clear standards, specifications and testing procedures that align with international systems that scan carry-on luggage, checked baggage and airline passengers.

By 2020, India is expected to become one of the top three worldwide aviation markets, with a projected total traffic flow of more than 450 million passengers per year. During a roundtable with ACP members, Steingass remarked how “adequate security procedures and equipment will help ensure the successful growth of Indian airports, especially those that cater to passengers traveling to destinations in the US and Europe that require stringent security measures for inbound international flights”.

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