Call for incentives for ICT deployment in India’s power grid


Dr RK Pachauri,
New Delhi, India — (METERING.COM) — January 9, 2011 – To capitalize on a smart power distribution network in India fiscal incentives for mass scale deployment of information and communication technology (ICT) solutions should be provided, recommends the Business Council for Sustainable Development (TERI-BCSD) and the National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) in a new report.

Further, studies and feasibility reports on need-based ICT applications should be mandated, and the establishment of a regulatory information management system at central and state levels should be expedited.

With depleting energy sources, enhancing access to energy and ensuring energy security the major challenges facing India’s power sector, ICT can lead to improvements of the efficiency and flexibility of all sub-sectors, viz generation, transmission and distribution, states the report.

Opportunities for ICT interventions in power distribution include advanced metering infrastructure, advanced distribution operation, distributed energy resource integration, and asset management. Most of these are at the nascent stage of execution and thus the reform processes through ICT interventions need to be expedited.

The report, Sustainable Tomorrow: Harnessing ICT Potential, is aimed shape a national strategy to promote the role of ICT in enabling India’s actions on climate change and sustainable development. It states that the potential of the ICT sector is slowly gaining credence but the ICT opportunity remains untapped in the broader debate on climate change and sustainable development.

“The rapid growth of the ICT sector in India makes it imperative that future activities in this field fully meet the objectives of sustainability and social responsibility,” commented Dr RK Pachauri, director-general of TERI.

“In the last decade, ICT has helped India improve its efficiency and contributed to better governance, thereby, changing India’s image globally,” added Som Mittal president of NASSCOM. “We, at NASSCOM believe that the confluence of information technology, communication technology, automation and digital technology is clearly the way forward to enable (a low carbon, energy efficient economy).”

The report was prepared with input from member companies. In addition to the power sector the report it water, transport, and industry.