Electricity is the cleanest fuel at the user-end and a key driver in the economic development of a nation. Although independent India has taken up the cause of electrification of the entire country on priority right from 1948, large parts of the country still remain in darkness! Over 200 million people have no access to electricity and most regions experience frequent power cuts and poor quality of supply. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has committed to provide 24×7 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) DeenDayalUpadhyaya Gram JyotiYojana 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.
Besides on the policy side also several measures are 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; a new Renewable Energy Act that will soon be placed in the Parliament. Model Smart Grids Regulations have already been approved by the statutory body of Forum of Regulators which will pave way for each state electricity regulatory commissions to issue state specific smart grid regulations. With all these fast paced actions India has emerged as the prime destination for smart grids and smart cities.
ISGW 2016 is the second edition of the Conference cum Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities, organised by India Smart Grid Forum from 15-19 March 2016 at Manekshaw Centre, DhaulaKuan, New Delhi, India
The First Edition of India Smart Grid Week held in March 2015 in Bangalore witnessed participation of over 700 experts and delegates representing nearly 180 organizations. ISGW 2015 had the support of ministries of power, urban development, MNRE, DoT, DST etc as well as several international organizations such as IEC, IEEE, ISGAN, CIGRE, UKTI, US Chamber of Commerce, GSGF, USTDA,European Commission. All these institutions are expected to support ISGW 2016 which is planned as a Conference and Exhibition that will bring together India’s leading Electric Utilities, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and world’s top-notch Smart Grid and Smart City Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products. M/s Tata Power Delhi Distribution (www.tatapower-ddl.com) is the host utility for ISGW 2016.