Draft smart grid roadmap for India released


New Delhi, India — (METERING.COM) — March 5, 2012 – A draft smart grid vision and roadmap for India to 2027 and beyond has been released for consultation by the India Smart Grid Forum.

According to the six-page document the proposed smart grid vision is that by 2027 the Indian power sector is transformed into “a secure, adaptive, efficient and sustainable system that provides reliable and competitive energy to meet the needs and aspirations of all citizens through active participation of all stakeholders and innovative technologies and policies.”

To achieve this three five year plans are offered, coinciding with the Indian government’s five year development plans – the “near term” (2012-17), “mid-term” (2017-22) and “long term” (2022-27).

The plans envisage a reduction of losses in all utilities to below 15 percent by 2017 and below 10 percent by 2022. Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) will be rolled out on a phased basis to customers above specific (yet to be agreed) consumption levels. By 2017 smart meters should be the norm for all new connections.

There should also be progressively wider deployment of SCADA/distribution management systems and power development reform program (R-APDRP) solutions.

By 2027 there should be utility-wide smart grid rollout in all the major utilities, with all 33 kV and above substations automated and all transformers monitored. Smarter cities and utility corridors also should be implemented that can leverage common infrastructure for automation and control of electricity, water, gas and district cooling/heating networks, common control and command centers, and automated mobile crew systems, etc.

Other proposals include significant skills development in the period to 2017, and much of the standards development taking place in the mid-term. By 2027 there should be at least 33 percent renewable generation and the electric vehicle infrastructure is leveraged as virtual power plants.