The government plans to amend laws to provide more powers to state regulatory commissions and load dispatch centres so as to ensure proper functioning of electricity grids, and is expected to soon receive a report on the issue. A panel headed by Chairman of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) - the apex planning body for the power sector - is expected to soon submit its report to the Power Ministry. The report is on amendments in the Electricity Act 2003 relating to grid matters,
Following the massive grid failures last year that impacted more than half the country's population, the ministry initiated various steps to prevent similar incidents.
Among others, it decided to review the powers of load dispatch centres and regulatory commissions in addressing "non-compliance of statutory/regulatory provisions", according to a Power Ministry document issued in late March. After reviewing the scenario, the government would amend Electricity Act, 2003.
Meanwhile, a task force is studying the present grid conditions and anticipated scenarios. Set up in December, the task force - including experts from academics, power utilities and system operators - has held at least five meetings.
"The task force has initiated the study on present grid conditions and anticipated scenarios. Relay coordination and general philosophy on islanding scheme is also under study," the document said.
Besides, plans are on the anvil for having a dynamic security assessment system for electricity grids to make real time assessments.
The enquiry committee, which looked into the grid collapses on July 30 and 31, 2012, had last year suggested a slew of measures to strengthen and protect the system from such incidents in the future.
The Northern grid had tripped on July 30 last year, resulting in massive outages. The following day, Northern, Eastern and North Eastern grids had also failed.