India Smart Grid Forum holds national workshop

The India Smart Grid Forum, a public private partnership between the Government of India and Ministry of Power, held a workshop in the eastern state of Odisha to advance smart grid adoption in the country’s power sector.

The workshop was attended by 150 power utilities from across West Bengal, Bihar, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

In the keynote address, Pradeep Jena, principal secretary of Odisha’s department of energy, said the Indian power sector is poised for massive growth.

The government of Odisha is preparing a development blueprint to turn the town of Chhatrapur, recently hit by a cyclone, into a smart grid town.

Using Asian Development Bank funding, the project will deploy underground and overground cables capable of withstanding high wind speeds of around 350kmph.

Mr Jena said: “We’ll use all the latest technology to make Chhatrapur the first smart grid town in the state.”

In other presentations, Vijay Sonavane of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission spoke about the cost-benefit analysis of smart grid using pilot projects underway by Tata Power in Mumbai as a case study.

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