December 18, 2013
Government support improves energy, efficiency and builds a platform for smart grid technologies and integration. New Delhi is driving the “Govt shortlists 14 discoms for taking up smart grid pilots” for developing projects to support consumer and user interface.
The government today said it has shortlisted 14 power distribution utilities for undertaking smart grid pilot projects entailing Rs 200 crore. Aimed at benefiting consumers, the smart grid utilises digital technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers, as well as monitoring of the transmission lines for efficient use of electricity. Union Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
“The government has approved 50 percent funding of projects (up to Rs 200 crore) for the 14 distribution smart grid pilot projects. Actual disbursement by the government is yet to start,” Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. One such project in Puducherry is under implementation. The 14 distribution Smart Grid Pilot projects are being undertaken to test Smart Grid Technologies like Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI), latest communication and automation, Scindia said. This will help in facilitating further R&D on these technologies with reference to India specific requirements, he said. The power ministry has also approved creation of Smart Grid Knowledge Centre at PowerGrid Corporation.”
The emphasis on smart grid development and facilitation can bring about infrastructural innovation and efficiencies that advance affordable and accessible energy.
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