The smart grid in India is only just starting, but it already made large distribution networks such as super grid to initiate work on the connection of the energy generation areas with the rest of the country. It is time to think of the distribution. These are the key topics of India Smart Grid Week which is held in Bengaluru (on March 2-6) at which the Smart Grid Coordination Group, organizer and supporter of the event backed by Indian Ministry of Renewable Resources, intends to involve the national utilities. “The aim is to create a culture in the sector, putting very different doubts to the reset and alphabetizing the audience to face this new challenge in the best possible way” explains Reji Kumar Pillai, CEO at ISGF.
A meeting between the present and the future which takes place in Bengaluru, and that sees a grid to be implemented, beginning with the know-how already gathered and tested in other countries. The utilities have numerous doubts, whereas the ministers present pay particular attention to the questions and to the needs revealed by the forum of local industry and utilities. “You are lucky that your relevant regulation is yet to be elaborated, and we believe that you will learn from the experience gathered earlier so that the regulation would not limit the technology but to help its implementation” underlines Ravi Seethapathy manager at CIGRE.
The government has clear ideas. Devendra Chaudry, Special Secretary Minister of Power of India expressed them explicitly at the opening session: “We want to implement the renewables, not because they are green, but because we need them from the economic point of view as well as we have potential to generate a great deal of energy from them.” Not only solar, but also wind power is crucial for the development of the country’s network. Indeed, Chaudry pointed out that India is the fourth nation in terms of wind-energy potential.
It is thus not only about implementation of the production as “we need a valuable and complete chain: from the generation to the distribution in order to reach the consumers. Our system is unstable and we must control it better, whereas the challenge related to the renewables will help us determine the best manner to integrate the system and manage the peaks.”
We know their needs, they are the same as those of the “old” Europe, and they include the system efficiency and the peak control… The greatest difficulty, as everywhere, is related to culture. Perhaps, the possibility to build a network based on these assumptions will allow the nation to reach the break event sooner. And this is what we wish India.
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