India Smart Grid Forum launched


Shri Sushilkumar
Shinde, India’s
Minister of Power
New Delhi, India — (METERING.COM) — June 1, 2010 – Union minister of power Shri Sushilkumar Shinde has launched the India Smart Grid Forum, one of two bodies being set up by the ministry to advance the national development of a smart grid.

In his comments Shinde said that suddenly “smart” and “intelligent” are becoming the buzz words for the Indian power sector because the deployment and adoption of these latest technologies will help it to leap forward into a new orbit.

“The smart grid will bring communication, IT and power technologies in unison and establish a comprehensive power infrastructure (in India),” said Shinde.

The India Smart Grid Forum will be a non-profit voluntary consortium of public and private stakeholders with the prime objective of accelerating the development of smart grid technologies in the country’s power sector.

Initially the Forum will be open by invitation to selected state and private power utilities, power utilities, implementing agencies of the R-APDRP, selected educational and research institutes, consultants, NGOs, etc.

The second body, to be set up shortly, will be an inter-ministerial group named the India Smart Grid Task Force, which will serve as the focal point for smart grid activities in India. Its responsibilities will include developing a roadmap for the smart grid in India, coordinating research and development activities, reviewing the recommendations from the Smart Grid Forum, etc.

The Task Force will be chaired by Shri Sam Pitroda, advisor to the prime minister on public information infrastructure and innovation. All relevant ministries, including home, defense, communications and IT, environment, finance etc. will participate in the Task Force, as will various state organizations.