The Minister of Power , Shri V Moily held a meeting in the capital, with the Chief Ministers and Power Ministers of the North Indian States affected by the power grid collapse on 30th and 31st of the previous month . The States that had been affected were Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh ,Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.
At the end of the deliberations the Centre and the concerned States agreed to abide by a 12 Point Resolution which would ensure that such breakdowns in the Power Grid do not recur again.
Earlier in the day Power Secretary, Shri.P Uma Shankar held detailed discussions with Chief Secretaries and Power Secretaries of the concerned States on the 12 Point Resolution to ensure future compliance by States.
Later in the day the Power Minister briefed the media about the deliberations leading to the unanimous 12 Point Resolution.The Minister also announced to the media the Notification for Constituting an Expert Committee to enquire into the Power Grid Disturbance on 30th and 31st of July 2012.
12 Point Resolution
1. Adequate defense plans and protection system shall be put in place to ensure integrated operation of the National/ Regional Grids in adherence with the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC). All the states shall ascertain preparedness of power system defense plans and cooperate at the Regional level for coordinating their Protection systems.
2. Defense plans of the states must include islanding schemes, under frequency relays, rate of change of frequency relays, special protection schemes and automatic demand management schemes. The defense plans shall also include restoration procedures that shall be updated and reviewed regularly.
3. States will prepare their islanding schemes in consultation with PGCIL, CEA and NRPC within the next 3 months and ensure their implementation within the next 6 months.
4. Independent third party audit of the protection systems shall be carried out within 1 month and the Regional Power Committees (RPCs) shall monitor the same. PGCIL would fund and carry out the audit in the first instance.
5. All the utilities shall also adopt good operation and maintenance practices and random checks of these shall be carried out by the Regional Power Committees.
6. States shall prepare plans in long term, medium term and short term horizons for procurement of power, network and demand management in accordance with the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC), which shall be reviewed by the RPCs.
7. States shall carry out periodically Power system studies for operation planning and Transfer Capability determination. PGCIL would assist the states in this regard.
8. States shall take all necessary steps for strengthening and upgrading the State Load Despatch Centres and training of system operators. There should be manpower capacity building by way of training and certification.
9. The personnel manning the LDC control rooms should be equipped with proper tools to facilitate the discharge of the functions. Appropriate compensation structure, including Certification linked incentive scheme must be designed to attract and retain best talent in the field of system operations.
10. The States requested that Government of India may draw up a scheme for supporting the states in strengthening their SLDCs and for capacity building.
11. POSOCO would evolve a contingency load shedding protocol, especially when non frequency related load shedding is required.
12. All States resolved to adhere to the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC) and take all requisite measures for its effective enforcement. It was agreed that all instructions of NLDC / NRLDC will be implemented immediately by SLDCs without waiting for further instructions from any other authority.