Rohit Bajaj, IEX, Vitality Information, ET EnergyWorld

Rohit Bajaj, IEX, Vitality Information, ET EnergyWorld

Indian Energy Exchange (IEX), the nation's largest on-line power buying and selling platform, is gearing up for the launch of a mechanism that may

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We plan to launch a platform for renewable energy trading soon: Rohit Bajaj, IEXIndian Energy Exchange (IEX), the nation’s largest on-line power buying and selling platform, is gearing up for the launch of a mechanism that may permit unique buying and selling of renewable power, Rohit Bajaj, Head of Enterprise Growth instructed ETEnergyworld in an interview. He additionally shares a perspective on the nation’s power exchange market and its future roadmap. Edited Excerpts:

There was a pointy drop within the energy costs on the alternate because of the demand discount led by Coronavirus lockdown. Costs just lately went all the way down to the bottom ranges since June 2017. Is that this a blip or a pattern? For the alternate, what does this translate into?

The alternate provided inexpensive and aggressive costs all through March 2020. The common worth within the day-ahead market on the alternate earlier than 22 March when the lockdown was introduced was Rs 2.60 per unit. Whereas put up lockdown the common worth within the day forward market, from 22 March till 2 April, got here all the way down to Rs 2.20 per unit. With key states and cities coming underneath lockdown resulting from COVID-19, there was a major correction in demand for energy from industrial and business customers which led to decreasing of worth on the alternate platform. Presently, there may be ample liquidity accessible available in the market with promote bids being in extra of purchase bids. This worth correction presents a compelling alternative for utilities reeling underneath stress of economic liquidity to leverage the market and guarantee around the clock uninterrupted entry to their customers at low costs on this hour of want.

What’s your overview of the present state of energy sector reforms?

We’re in a transition section and the power combine is altering in an enormous method. The transmission infrastructure has improved rather a lot within the final three to four years. IEX has additionally seen an enormous enchancment this yr within the coal market with preferential allocation bulletins coming from the Central Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (CERC) the place final yr there was an acute scarcity. There are additionally challenges connected to the facility sector like inefficiencies within the distribution worth chain with giant excellent discoms dues. With extra renewable power (RE) integration, we must always have a sturdy RE market accessible for higher integration and to higher soak up RE energy into the grid. One of many largest issues we’ve confronted within the latest previous is the misery within the sector, significantly on the era aspect. Now we have to introduce many issues available in the market like market-based ancillary providers and we’re additionally working in direction of having bilateral contracts within the energy alternate. Some modifications can be welcome, reminiscent of enablement of initiatives for renewable energy to be traded via an environment friendly market.

What’s the dimension of the power alternate market in India and the way do you see it rising in future?

IEX has been rising at a good tempo. From 2008 until at this time, our Compound Annual Development Charge has been 45 per cent however currently we’ve seen some influence resulting from demand slowdown. Our tempo of progress was additionally impacted however once more in February, we noticed double digit progress. So, our quantity has additionally elevated. IEX expects demand to develop at the same stage because it was in 2018 or 2019 and with that occuring our tempo of progress will likely be as anticipated. There must be a change available in the market mannequin the place renewables have to be allowed a free market and on the similar time total energy demand enhance within the energy sector is essential.

What are the important thing challenges or roadblocks for the expansion of the facility market?

In line with the Electrical energy Act 2003, anybody who’s a bulk client with greater than 1 megawatt (MW) consumption ought to be given open entry and will get his personal provide on his personal phrases which suggests the selection of the kind of energy and supplier lies with the buyer. In that side, as a rustic we’ve not accomplished a lot. There are some states the place this has not picked up due to sure fees restraining true open entry. Their cross subsidy fees are on the upper aspect. States ought to ideally allow discoms to supply energy as per their want and therefore guarantee a proliferation of open entry however getting them to decide on markets as a substitute of energy buy agreements (PPAs) has been an enormous activity and since these cross subsidy fees are excessive, the viability has come down for customers to supply energy from the market. The federal government ought to acknowledge the advantages of a aggressive market commerce and deepen the market to let customers have entry to round the clock energy.

Whar are the important thing areas the place the alternate would direct its investments going forward?

We’re working in direction of bringing a fuel buying and selling platform which is able to begin very quickly. Past that we’re exploring many different issues, like investing in know-how to make sure we’re all the time customer-centric and are additionally within the technique of integrating the actual time market. We need to be current in every single place with regards to the short-term market.

How is the alternate trying to transcend the Indian geography, when it comes to permitting commerce of energy with neighbours?

We’re conducting common dialogue with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Very quickly we count on this cross border commerce to be put in place because the regulatory pointers are already in place. As early as the primary quarter of this yr, transactions with these international locations will begin. Variety has performed a vital position within the growth of the market and the great factor is that we have already got connectivity with these neighbouring international locations.

The alternate is planning for the launch of the real-time market from 1st June. What would change?

We’re fully ready for the launch and have already began doing a mock with the distribution corporations on this regard. The true time market will certainly assist to take care of the issues of uncertainty that renewables face on the subject of forecasting and profiling. We count on excellent liquidity from day one of many launch.

When it comes to increasing operations, what are the subsequent large targets IEX is engaged on?

We need to be current in all of the areas of the short-term market whether or not it’s actual time, green market or inventory market. We predict to introduce a separate inexperienced market platform within the early a part of fiscal yr 2020-21 after the approval from the central regulator. The imaginative and prescient behind launching a inexperienced market is to cater to the heightened deal with renewable power. With this, there will likely be commerce in inexperienced power on an unique foundation together with aggressive worth discovery of renewable power available in the market, and consumers will even be capable of meet their renewable buy obligation (RPO). In February we noticed an enormous enhance in sale of renewable power certificates. Individuals have began complying to RPOs in the previous few years. In the previous few months, there was plenty of issuance to states whereas earlier the issuance was solely to mills. We count on REC costs to come back down over time as extra mills are issued RECs for promoting energy.