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Power Minister launches India Smart Grid Forum

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Union Minister of Power Shri Sushilkumar Shinde launched the India Smart Grid Forum, the first initiative of its kind in the power sector, in New Delhi, according to a statement released by the Power Ministry. Mr Shinde said that ‘Smart’ and ‘Intelligent’ are becoming the buzz words for Indian Power Sector because deployment and adoption of latest technologies will help it to leap forward into a new orbit. Smart Grid will bring ICT and Power Technologies in unison and establish a comprehensive power infrastructure, he said.

The Minister said that Smart Grid envisages providing choices to each and every customer for deciding the timing and amount of power consumption based upon the price of the power at a particular moment of time. He said that apart from providing choices to the consumer and motivating them to participate in the operations of the grid, causing energy efficiency and accommodating all generation and storage options, Smart Grid also envisages various properties for the Grid like self-healing and adaptive islanding. This all will enable electricity markets to flourish, Shri Shinde added.
Thanking Shri Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation for accepting to chair the "India Smart Grid Task Force" which the Ministry of Power would shortly be setting up, Shri Shinde said that under his stewardship, we wish to evolve a future roadmap for development of Smart Grid in India aided by the most modern and latest technologies in the field. This Task Force will be an Inter-Ministerial Group and will serve as a focal point for activities related to the Smart Grid.
Delivering a keynote address, Shri Sam Pitroda said that as in IT and Telecom, India will lead in Smart Grid technologies. Congratulating the Power Ministry on its vision for the future he called upon various stakeholders to join hands in overcoming the challenges to light the lamps for the billions.

Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri Uma Shankar also addressed the gathering. Earlier, Shri Devendra Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power made a presentation to explain the concept of the Smart Grid.
"Smart grids" are sophisticated, digitally enhanced power systems where the use of modern communications and control technologies allows much greater robustness, efficiency and flexibility than today’s power systems. A smart grid impacts all the components of a power system. However, much of the smart grid focus in a power system is at the distribution level. One subset of smart grids is smart metering / advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) etc.
In a smart grid, all the various nodes need to interconnect to share data as and where needed. Power utilities around the world are adopting smart grid technologies to make the power infrastructure robust, self healing, adaptive, interactive and cost effective. Indian power sector has also the opportunity to leap-frog given our limited legacy systems and the anticipated growth in power sector and infrastructure.
In view of the anticipated growth in Indian power sector and infrastructure, there is huge potential for adopting Smart Grid Technologies and designs in big way. For the systemic growth of the Smart Grid in the country, India Smart Grid Forum and India Smart Grid Task Force are being set up under the aegis of the Ministry of Power.
India Smart Grid Forum will be a non-profit voluntary consortium of public and private stakeholders with the prime objective of accelerating development of Smart Grid technologies in the Indian Power Sector, whereas India Smart Grid Task Force will be an inter ministerial group and will serve as Government’s focal point for activities related to Smart Grid.
Ministry of Power (MoP) will be the Patron of the Forum and PFC, REC will be permanent invitees and members. Initially the Forum will be open by invitation to selected state power utilities, private power utilities, power sector PSUs, empanelled System Integrators, SCADA Consultants and Implementing Agencies of R-APDRP, selected educational and research institutes, NGOs, CEA, CERC, CPRI, FICCI and NASSCOM.
Whereas the Smart Grid Task Force will be to ensure awareness, coordination and integration of the diverse activities related to smart Grid technologies, practices and services for Smart Grid Research and Development, Co-ordinate and integrate other relevant inter governmental activities, Collaborate on interoperability frame work, Review and validate the recommendations from India Smart Grid Forum etc.
Shri Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation will chair the proposed Smart Grid Task Force. Nominations from concerned Ministries namely, Home, Defence, Communications & IT, Non Renewable Energy, Environment and Forest, Finance etc. and organizations such as Planning Commission, Department of Science and Technology, CERC, CEA, CPRI, BEE, NTPC, PGCIL, BIS, PFC, REC etc. are being invited as members of the Task Force.

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