India is presently spearheading some of the largest transformation projects with technology interventions for building smart cities, renewable energy and power grid modernization. Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has committed to provide 24x7 reliable supply of electricity to all the citizens in the next 5 years. In order to achieve this noble objective, several targeted programs have already been launched by Government of India which include: (1) Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana with an investment of US$ 7 billion, (2) Integrated Power Development Scheme that covers 5000 towns with an investment of US$ 6 billion, (3) North Eastern Regional Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP) with an investment of US$ 1 billion, (4) New RE Program with a target of 175 GW by 2022 and investment commitment of US$ 260 billion, (5) 100 Smart Cities and Rejuvenation of 500 towns where smart grids will provide clean and sustainable energy, (6) National Mission on Electric Mobility with a target of 6-7 electric vehicles by 2022;and (7) National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) that will take up development of smart grids on fast track in coordination with the above programs. Government of India is planning to roll out of 250 million Smart Meters in next 5-7 years. Besides this, on the policy side, several measures have been taken to implement the above programs successfully. These include an Amendment to the Electricity Act 2003 (which is in the Parliament presently) that will usher in an era of retail competition in electricity distribution; Model Smart Grid Regulations approved by the statutory body of Forum of Regulators, Indian Standards for Smart Meters (IS 16444 – 2015 & IS 15959 Part 2 - 2016) issued by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS); and Net Metering Policies in 27 States.
INDIA SMART GRID WEEK (ISGW 2017) is the third edition of the Conference cum Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities, organized by India Smart Grid Forum(ISGF) from 07-10 March 2017 at Manekshaw Centre, DhaulaKuan, New Delhi, India. ISGF is a public private partnership initiative of the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India with the mandate of accelerating smart grid deployments across the country. With 200+ members comprising of Ministries, Utilities, Technology providers, Academia and Research, ISGF has evolved as a Think-Tank of global repute on Smart Grids and Smart Cities.