Kolkata: Smart Grids are emerging as the critical enabling infrastructure for all flagship Government of India (GoI) programmes such as 24×7 Power for All, 100 Smart Cities, 175 GW of Renewable Energy by 2022, National Mission on Electric Mobility with a target of 6-7 million Electric Vehicles by 2022 and Smart metering for all electricity customers on fast track.
These views emerged during discussions to observe the second Annual Distribution Utility Meet, 2018, hosted by Tata Power in Mumbai yesterday.
The event was inaugurated by Mr. Arvind Singh, Principal Secretary – Energy, Government of Maharashtra in presence of Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power and Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), a company release emailed to UNI here said.
The event aimed at capturing the best practices in the Distribution sector in India and overseas along with adoption of future technologies and the upcoming challenges in the power sector.
It also focused on how the 21st century electric grid is witnessing several disruptive changes and how traditional boundaries between Generation, Transmission and Distribution are fast disappearing and the grid is evolving as an integrated grid.
‘We are honoured to represent a unified voice to influence the Discom community and leverage each other’s experiences for successful nationwide smart grid roll out. Convergence of both Electrical and Information Technology coupled with Communication Technology is changing the landscape of power sector today,’ the statement quoted Mr Sinha as saying.
‘Technology advancement has transformed the Indian power sector so much so that individuals can now produce power locally than have large power stations to supply power to cities and villages. Therefore, it is necessary for all utilities to gear up for this transformation, to become the backbone of the power sector and provide quality services to the consumers,’ he concluded.
Tata Power is a leader in clean energy generation. In line with the company’s view on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power Mumbai is steering the transformation of utilities to integrated solutions by looking at new business growth in EV charging and storage, distributed generation and rooftops, microgrids and home automation and smart meters, the release said.