The emergence of India as a strong economic power is receiving widespread recognition in the world. On the other hand, although we operate the fourth largest power system in the world, one-third of our population have no access to electricity and our per capita consumption of electricity is one-fourth of the world average! Transmission and Distribution losses in India are also quite high - about 26% in distribution and more than 7% in transmission.
Government of India (GoI) and other stakeholders have realized that by implementing incremental improvements in a business as usual scenario we will not be able to quickly provide 24x7 electricity to all households in the country - it requires innovative strategies, breakthrough technologies and bold decisions. In 2013, GoI issued Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India; and the present Government in India is committed to provide 24x7 electricity to all households by 2019 and has recently launched 3 focused programs towards this objective with a total capital outlay of US$ 14 billion.
The Government has also announced ambitious programs to build 100 Smart Cities on fast track and add 175 GW of renewable energy (100 GW solar and 60 GW wind and 25 Gw from other sources) generation capacity by 2022! With all these ground breaking initiatives, India has already emerged as the prime destination for Smart Grids and Smart Cities.
Smart Grid it is an evolving set of technologies to transform the electricity grid in to a more intelligent and reliable grid with integrated control centre that can monitor and control electricity flows in real time up to each individual customers and even up to the smart appliances inside a customer's house, office or factory.
Although India operates one of the largest electricity grids in the world with 290 GW generation capacity, over 250 million people are not connected to the grid and several parts of the country experience frequent power cuts. India's per capita consumption of electricity which is one-third of world average is expected to increase as the economic development of the country progresses. As the quality of life will witness ascendancy, people's demands will rise on a parallel note. With an ever-increasing need of energy and challenges such as need to control power theft and transmission losses, India has launched ambitions missions to establish smart grids and smart cities. Making energy supplies efficient is key to power the country's industries and growth but the power infrastructure in India faces challenges in capacity. While millions of Indians still have no or limited access to electricity, power outages and poor supply quality are other major challenges hampering the country's economic development.
Smart grid technologies can help electric utilities manage supply and demand effectively in real time and avoid power cuts, ensure power quality that will eliminate the need for voltage stabilizers and inverters and also help customers save money by shifting some of their electricity usage like water pumping, washing machines etc to run during non-peak hours at reduced rates.
India Smart Grid Forum is organizing India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2016 from March 15- 19, 2015 at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, India. India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2016 is the second edition of the Conference cum Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities organized by India Smart Grid Forum. The initiative is being supported by Ministry of Power, Government of India and several other government institutions and international agencies.
ISGW 2016 is planned as a Conference and Exhibition that will bring together India’s leading Electricity Utilities, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and world’s top-notch Smart Grid Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products.
The 2015 edition of India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) was organized from March 03- 07, 2015 in Bangalore, India. Inaugurated by Mr Devendra Chaudhry, Special Secretary, Ministry of Power, Govt of India, ISGW 2015 witnessed participation from over 700 persons representing nearly 180 organisations.
ISGW 2015 got the support from numerous national and international agencies such as IEC, CIGRE, IEEE, GSGF, ISGAN, NEDO, CPRI, GERMI, SESI, Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Urban Development and Department of Telecom.
Leading experts in the field of energy, policymakers from the government, leaders from corporate sector from across the globe and delegates from national and international organizations are set to converge together to discuss the challenges and opportunities and build support towards establishing smart grids in India. The discussions will center on the energy requirements of the country, capabilities of smart grids, their cost effectiveness and benefits. Eminent speakers at the conference include Dr. Amory B Lovins - Co Founder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, Mr. Phil Beecher - Chairman of Wi-Sun Alliance, Martin Ford - Author of best seller "Rise of Robots", Professor Ignatio from MIT, Former FERC Commissioner Suedeen Kelly, Technology Entrepreneur Chris Hickman etc.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), UK Trade & Investment(UKTI), Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP), International Council on Large Electric Sysytems (CIGRE),International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), International Electrotechnical Commission(IEC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) are among the supporting partners of the conference. Some themes to be discussed include Role of Smart Grids in New programs of Government of India; Smart City Mission in India; National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM); 21st Century Electric Grids - Evolving trends towards 100% renewable and Disruptive Innovations; Smart Grid Project Outcomes: Experiences and Lessons learned etc. There is also a Special Plenary Session for Recap of RE-INVEST in association with MNRE; and a Special Workshop on Smart Grids as Anchor Infrastructure for Smart Cities for the Municipal Commissioners from 20 selected Smart Cities.
To participate in ISGW 2016 as an Exhibitor, Speaker or Delegate and for further details, please visit event website www.indiasmartgrid.org