India joins OpenADR to boost smart grid solutions


The OpenADR Alliance today announced a strategic relationship with the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) to help utilities improve grid reliability and boost interoperability of smart grid solutions.

The forum, a public-private partnership with India’s Ministry of Power created to accelerate the development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector, will evaluate the OpenADR applications within the Indian context to see how they can play a role in reducing the cost of technology enablement and aid with interoperability and cyber-security.

OpenADR and ISGF will make recommendations to the government, regulators, utilities and consumers by conducting research on the capabilities of smart grids in the Indian context through case studies, cost-benefit analysis, study of technical advancements in renewable energy sources and other ancillary activities.

Smart grid reliability

The two organisations will work together to facilitate the adoption of OpenADR in India, helping utilities in the country better maintain grid reliability, while providing customers with demand response-enabled products delivering enhanced energy efficiency.

Rish Ghatikar, deputy leader for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and board member of the OpenADR Alliance, said: “This partnership will help create a platform for public and private stakeholder members, research institutions and power utilities to exchange ideas and information on smart grids and develop use case scenarios for clean energy access in India.”

Reji Kumar Pillai, president and CEO of ISGF, said: “Working with the OpenADR Alliance will help bring together experts from regulation, policy, and the corporate sector to build support for smart grid policies.

“Our main objective is to help the Indian power sector deploy smart grid technologies in an efficient, cost effective, innovative and scalable manner with enabling technologies like OpenADR.”

India’s smart grid

The Indian grid covers 3.28 million sq km, 250GW connected capacity and about 200 million consumers.

However, 40 per cent of the population has no access to electricity and per capita consumption of electricity in India is one-fourth of world average.

The country is seeing fragmented and independent Smart Grid endeavours by the national (Central) and local (State) governments, public-private collaborations, and private organisations, at different levels of maturity.

Nationally, the Indian Ministry of Power is working toward major power sector reform, which includes revolutionising the grid with bi-directional information exchange.

In 2013 Ministry of Power released Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India with the goal of transforming the entire Indian power system to smart grids over the next 15 years.