New Delhi, April 10, 2012: Smart Grids are in the news every other day – and the 2nd World Smart Grid Conference comes to New Delh, India between September 12 and 14 2012. India now has the fifth largest Electricity grid in the world and the world’s third largest Transmission & Distribution network. However, the demand from increased economic activities and the rising living standard of population has led to a situation where the supply of energy falls short of the demand. India power industry are facing major challenges like huge supply shortfalls, power theft, poorly planned distribution networks and low metering efficiency and bill collection. For India, the smart grid may offer a unique opportunity to leapfrog into a vastly improved electricity environment. The immediate beneficiaries would be the people of India. The design of a sustainable smart grid model would also provide a blueprint for developing nations.
“Smart Grid” has become a buzz word in the past few years at a time of human being facing serious climate challenges. The pursuit of lower carbon emission is not the only driver for the world’s leading utilities’ “Going Green”. A self-healing, more reliable, less constrained, safer and more efficient grid is in the interest of all stakeholders.
The World Smart Grid Conference India Week was held for the first time in Mumbai last year attracting Over 220 participants and 50 senior India and international speakers and panelists. Sponsors & Exhibitors included: Microsoft, HP, Taurus-Grid 2020, Intergraph Corporation, UL, Intertek, IBM, SAS Institute, CISCO, Huawei, Ericsson, SAP, Wipro Infotech, Ferranti, Capgemini, Digi International, National Instruments, A2Z Powertech, Schneider Electric, Honeywell, Ember, ZTE and Ashida. Over 20 major India utilities & regulatory bodies presented or participated at the event.
The 2012 conference is expected to be even bigger -- and speakers & panelists include Ashok Khurana, Director General, Association of Power Producers, Former Additional Secretary of Power to India Government; Kaushal K.Agrawal, Member (Grid Operation and Distribution) & Ex Officio Additional Secretary Government of India, Central Electricity Authority; Pankaj Batra, Chief (Engg.), Central Electricity Regulatory Commission; Jayant Deo, CEO and Managing Director, India Energy Exchange; Narendra Singh Sodha, Executive Director. Load Dispatch and Communication, POWERGRID and S K Sharma, Dy. Director General, Association of Power Producers. P Uma Shankar, Secretary, Ministry of Power and Sam Pitroda, Head India Smart Grid Task Force have been invited and are expected to feature among the key speakers.
The conference is organised by the SZ&W Group.
Tech Note: A smart grid is a digitally enabled electrical grid that gathers, distributes, and acts on information about the behavior of all participants (suppliers and consumers) in order to improve the efficiency, importance, reliability, economics, and sustainability of electricity services.(Wikipedia)