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Automatic Generation Control(AGC)

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    6th Jan, 2022

Context

Recently, the Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy has launched the Automatic Generation Control (AGC).

About Automatic Generation Control

  • This is expected to facilitate achieving the government’s ambitious target of 500 GW non-fossil fuel-based generation capacity by 2030.
  • The AGC is being operated by Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) through the National Load Despatch Centre.
  • Through AGC, NLDC (National Load Despatch Centre) sends signals to more than 50 power plants in the country every 4 seconds to maintain the frequency and reliability of the Indian Power System.
    • This will ensure more efficient and automatic frequency control for handling variable and intermittent renewable generation.

Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) 

  • Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO) is a wholly owned Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Power. 
    • It was earlier a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).
  • It was formed in 2009.
  • It is responsible to ensure the integrated operation of the Grid in a reliable, efficient, and secure manner. 
  • It consists of 5 Regional Load Despatch Centres and a National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC).