Indian state regulator approves Chandigarh smart grid pilots


The decision by the Department of Energy to implement the smart grid pilot project follows the selection of Chandigarh city to participate in the Smart Cities Mission programme.

The energy department also secured an approval from JERC to increase energy tariffs for consumers in Chandigarh to recover financial investments, which will be spent in deploying the smart grid pilot project.

The project will include the laying of energy distribution lines and 11kV substation equipment underground, to reduce maintenance costs associated with overhead distribution systems.

The pilot programme is expected to enhance the reliability of the grid network in Chandigarh by reducing the impacts of harsh weather conditions on the energy distribution network.

The pilot will also include the installation of a smart LED streetlight system underground. The smart LED streetlight programme will be financed by the Chandigarh Administration, reported a local publication.

The smart grid pilot will be deployed over the next five years and will determine whether the department should deploy the project throughout Chandigarh.

Smart grid pilot project and smart meter rollout

The Department also secured an approval from JERC to implement a separate smart grid pilot for industrial consumers in Chandigarh. under the National Smart Grid Mission initiative.

The project aims to improve energy supply, management and billing through the use of smart grid technologies and will be deployed under the National Smart Grid Mission initiative.

The Department of Energy will install smart electric meters and smart grid solutions to enable real-time management of its grid network in subdivision 5 in Chandigarh.

Energy distribution management

In mid-February India’s Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) signed a deal with engineering firm Hartek Group for the supply of a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

The locally based engineering firm will supply and install SCADA relays and related software to help PSPCL to remotely control and operate its 55 substations in Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

The SCADA relays will enable PSPCL to collect and store grid event data from 29 substations in Ludhiana, 14 in Amritsar and 12 in Jalandhar to improve energy distribution to some 4,000,000 consumers in the three cities.

The new SCADA system will help the state-owned utility company to remotely identify and attend to faulty grid assets to reduce the occurrence and duration of power outages.

According to, the SCADA relays will enable PSPCL to increase the life span of its grid infrastructure and reduce the utility’s operational costs incurred in implementing manual grid maintenance initiatives. [Indian utility upgrades management of distribution system].

The deal is part of a programme being deployed by PSPCL to modernise its grid system, improve the reliability of its grid system and customer services through the adoption of smart grid solutions.


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