New Delhi smart grid: City to spend US$7.5m on technology

New Delhi smart grid
New Delhi smart grid: the city has an electricity surplus in the winter months, which it plans to sell off, one of the motivations to deploy grid modernisation technology

In India, the municipal council of New Delhi has unveiled plans for a US$7.5 million (500 million rupees) smart grid project aimed at improving power distribution and reducing theft.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has secured approval for the smart grid project, which forms part of its smart city initiative.

New Delhi smart grid

The US$7.5 million New Delhi smart grid project has three phases.

The first is replacing old equipment and cables, second is installing smart meters in households and institutions under NDMC jurisdiction and the final part is developing software to improve the efficiency of the electrical distribution system, confirmed a municipal spokesperson.

The NDMC said it will use consultants to develop technology needed to determine load requirements in every area.

The official said the aim of deploying smart grid technology is to accurately judge the power requirements of each locality within the city, part of the greater Dehli area, in order to cut down on outages and sell off the surplus.

The peak demand of the municipality is 380 MW of electricity in summer but this drops to 90 MW in winter allowing the NDMC to profit from the surplus.

Smart grid regulations

The news comes as India’s Forum of Regulators last week confirmed it is formulating draft model regulations for state electricity regulatory commissions to enable the integration of smart grid technology into the grid.

The draft regulations will cover improving generation, transmission and distribution operations, managing transmission and distribution networks effectively, enhance network security, and integrate renewable and clean energy into the grid and microgrids.

Each transmission and distribution utility will have to form a ‘smart grid cell’ within three months of notification of these regulations.

Additionally, distribution utilities will have to undertake baseline studies to “identify the targets and final outcomes for smart grid project programmes and will build the necessary database,” according to a report in India’s Business Standard.