India Smart Grid Summit. 12 February 2014. India’s Energy Sector is evolving significantly. Smart Grids can transform the existing grid into a more efficient, reliable, safe and enable address sector challenges. Evolution has already started. Several Application areas have emerged.
12 February 2014
Smart Grids can transform the existing grid into a more efficient, reliable, safe and enable address sector challenges. Evolution has already started.
Key Application Areas
In 2013, Government of India (GoI) has adopted a National Smart Grid Vision for India with following objective:
"Transform the Indian power sector into a secure, adaptive, sustainable and digitally enabled ecosystem that provides reliable and quality energy for all with active participation of stakeholders”
Key Targets and Highlights are as follows:
India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF)
India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)
14 Pilot Projects
Created under the Ministry of Power (MoP) to provide policy direction to the Smart Grid initiatives in the country
PPP initiative of MoP to support ISGTF, responsible for helping the stakeholders in the deployment of smart grid technologies and undertaking research work for promotion of such technologies
14 smart grids pilots have been proposed to be implemented across various stages through support from the GoI.
There are utilities like BESCOM, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, CESC etc. who have started their own initiatives
There are also several additional initiatives that various entities have been undertaking working in their domain for smart grid support and implementation in India- CEA, BIS, CPRI, BEE etc.
National Smart Grid Mission aims to further strengthen the above initiatives
Tariff design for enabling consumers, prosumers and utilities to derive benefits of the SG investments
Incentive/dis-incentive design for promoting deployment
Security of network operations, particularly with respect of cyber security
Integration of Renewable/Distributed Generation for better grid visibility and efficiency
Adoption of relevant equipment, communication and interoperability standards and codes
Scope of Smart Grid Regulations
Protection of consumer privacy, maintaining integrity of data
Entities may be required to demonstrate adherence to the requirements stipulated herein through appropriate reporting structures (preferred through automated means with minimum human intervention)
Draft regulations validated by the Committee has been presented to the Forum of Regulators
A facilitative regulatory framework for promoting smart grid investments and applications is being laid out in India.
Through the Ministry of Power and the Forum of Regulators in India, model smart grid regulations are under development.
A Technical Committee constituted by MoP for development of SG Regulations has been formed
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Functionalities of SG Utility pilots aim to address several issues plaguing the distribution segment
Smart Grid Interventions proposed under the 14 GOI Pilots
Safety and Standards
Smart Grid Cell and Nodal Officer
While the regulations provides details of various themes, in certain cases it interfaces with the developments/standards and process already laid out in various documents
Takes into consonance the National & State Roadmaps, and aims to propagate investments in SG and allied technologies in accordance with these roadmaps
Considering early stages of development, provides flexibility to experiment with new technologies and applications while duly protecting the legitimate interests of consumers and prosumers
By greater technology adoption across the value chain in electricity sector (especially in T&D)