Bhubaneswar: India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), a PPP initiative of Ministry of Power, Govt of India, with the prime objective of promoting development of Smart Grid technologies in the Indian Power Sector, in association with OPTCL & GRIDCO jointly organized a National workshop on “SMART GRID” today at Hotel Swosti Premium in Bhubaneswar. A smart grid is an electrical grid with automation, communication and IT systems that can monitor power flows from points of generation to points of consumption (even down to appliances level) and control the power flow or curtail the load to match generation in real time.
The domain experts & technocrats from ISGF, PSUs, CEA and IEEMA highlighted the opportunities of leveraging Smart Grid technologies to optimize the benefits through a holistic approach involving customer engagement, utility operations, and regulatory/governance systems. Mr. Reji Pillai, President, ISGF, Mr. Pankaj Batra, Chief Engineer, CEA and Chair of Working Group-6 on Policy & Regulation in ISGF presented an overview of the current, emerging trends and best practices in the domain. Mr. Vijay Sonavane, Member, MERC, explained through a case study the cost-benefit analysis of Smart Grid pilot projects being successfully executed by Tata Power Discom in Mumbai.
Mr. Pradeep Jena, Principal Secretary, Energy in his key-note address emphasised that the State power sector is poised for massive growth and the workshop assumes significance at a juncture when Govt. of Odisha intends to draw an ambitious plan to convert State capital into a Smart City and build its first ever Smart Grid city in recently cyclone-battered Chhatrapur town. Mr. Hemant Sharma, CMD, OPTCL/GRIDCO, presented various applications of high-end technology including unmanned substation, GIS technology, Smart Grid in Transmission & Distribution (T&D) sector, which will pave way for grid stability and economic operation. Mr. B. K. Mishra, Member, OERC highlighted the challenges posed to different stakeholders from regulator’s perspectives.
More than 150 delegates from power utilities of Eastern Region viz., West Bengal, Bihar, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh including Odisha participated in the workshop. It is expected implementation of Smart Grid Initiatives in power sector will receive a boost way for improvement in stability, security and economy in grid operation. From consumer perspective, this will reign in T&D loss, reduce theft and energy saving.