The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has designated National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) as the renewable energy implementing agency to enable long-term access (LTA) and application of connectivity in the interstate transmission system network.
Previously, the CERC released procedural regulations for granting ISTS connectivity to renewable energy projects. It was informed that the connectivity application would be processed in two stages. Those developers who were interested in establishing renewable generation projects and had a minimum capacity of 50 MW were asked to apply for connectivity.
The central body also issued regulations to lay down procedures, the broad principles, and processes to be followed for the planning and development of the ISTS network for the smooth flow of electricity from generating stations to the load centers. These regulations were anticipated. to help in the development of ISTS in India. For the growth of solar and wind ISTS is of utmost importance as all areas do not have the same solar potential or land availability.
A renewable energy implementing agency is a company or an institution designated by the central or state government to act as a mediator procurer to select and buy power from renewable energy generating stations and sell it to one or more distribution licensees. For those projects which are based on standalone storage sources of installed capacity of 50 MW or above, the agency can act as a facilitator, according to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).
NTPC has also been focusing on renewable power, especially solar besides thermal power production. NTPC has about 2.1 GW capacity which is currently under development and 875 MW of large-scale solar projects which are in operation.