‘Smart Grids Crucial to Enable Electricity Reach the Last Man at the bottom of the pyramid’, says Hon’ble Minister for Power Piyush Goyal at India Smart Grid Week 2016
Addressing leading technology experts in the field of electricity, policymakers and utility leaders from across the globe at the India Smart Grid Week, Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy today strongly advocated the need for India to adopt smart grids and concepts to improve energy access and ensure power reaches the last man on the bottom of the pyramid.
Speaking at the India Smart Grid Week 2016, organized by India Smart Grid Forum, the Minister talked about the importance of adopting smart grid technologies and encouraged policymakers and stakeholders to work together towards technology-enabled efficient networks to ensure 24*7 affordable energy to every citizen in the country.
“Do it smart to do it right. Every dimension of human existence can be transformed with quality power and energy. Smart grids and smart meters are the first step for India to become a smart country. I invite the partnership of all stakeholders, power utilities and policymakers to participate to make power 24*7 supply of affordable electricity to every person in the country. In doing so, smart grids are extremely important to reach to the last man on the bottom of the pyramid. Hence, we need to have innovative solutions that are cost effective, technology-enabled and giving equal opportunity to all. While technology will help us drive down the cost, we are very particular about the quality as well. Both technology and quality are non-negotiable for us,” said Shri Piyush Goyal, Power Minister.
The minister also encouraged mobile companies, who are equipped with the potential to reach up to the last mile, to step forward and invest in the power sector. He stressed the importance of innovative financing models and contracts that would be a win-win for all the stake holders.
“The goal is to have smart meters in every establishment and home in India, this means business opportunity to install 250 million smart meters in the country in next three and half year. We want the smart meters to be priced at Rs 999 or below. For us figure 9 is extremely important as we targeted to make LEDs at Rs 99, we today buy it at much below Rs 99.,” added Shri Goyal.
Organized by India Smart Grid Forum, the India Smart Grid week , the international conference and exhibition 3 day conclave is an initiative taken to attract the attention on the critical issues such as energy requirement of the country, capabilities of smart grids, their cost effectiveness and benefits to customers and utilities. The event has brought together the power utilities, policy makers and other stake holders to leverage the evolving smart grid technologies in resolving some crucial lacunas in electricity delivery.
“We are inspired by your mission of installing 250 million smart meters in India as this would unleash a revolution like the mobile revolution in our country. It would also help in transforming the lives of over a billion people of the country.
Electricity is the cleanest fuel to the end-user and a key driver to the economy of the nation. Despite the efforts made by the concerned authorities, over 200 million people in India have no access to electricity and most regions experience frequent power cuts. Hence, smart grids are crucial, especially to the government’s key projects that include 24* 7 power, smart cities, 175 KW renewable energy,electric vehicles, and others,” said Mr Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum.
Scheduled from March 16 to March 18, the conclave is the second edition of the international conference cum exhibition on smart grids and smart cities. The aim is to brainstorm the viable ways to enable infrastructure to develop smart solutions to resolve India’s energy woes, and address troublesome issues such as massive transmission and distribution and power thefts. The experts at the conference are discussing how they can learn lessons from large smart grid projects in North America, Western Europe, Japan, and South Korea and make the same fruitful for stakeholders in India for planning and rollout of smart grid projects.