Deal sealed with IMD for better electricity grid management

Deal signed with IMD, IMD, POSOCO, POSOCO, Renewable Energy, electricity grid
SR Narasimhan and Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

New Delhi: National grid operator Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) on Friday inked a memorandum of understanding with Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today for better management of Power System and for the purpose of analysis of weather impact.

Both the parties agreed that weather information provided by IMD will be used by the power system operators across the country. Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), POSOCO, SR Narasimhan and Director General (DG), IMD, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra signed the deal at NRLDC, POSOCO office.

As per agreement, IMD will make available current weather information on hourly basis or at lesser intervals, depending up on prevailing climate conditions. It will provide weather forecasts of temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall up to next 36 hours for the identified stations.

Officials of the IMD said they would will also offer snowfall forecast of hilly States and also along the route of important transmission lines passing through hilly terrains.

The MoU also stipulates that the IMD would update POSOCO about weather parameters forecast at Renewable Energy plant locations. The last MoU between POSOCO and IMD was signed on 18 May 2015.

POSOCO is a wholly owned Central Government’s Schedule A enterprise under the Union Ministry of Power. It is responsible to ensure the integrated operation of the National Electricity Grid in a secure manner. It consists of five Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDCs) and the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) under The Electricity Act, 2003.

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