North Delhi Power receives $0.6 million USTDA grant for smart grid


Sunil Wadhwa,
Managing Director,
New Delhi, India — (METERING.COM) — August 1, 2011 – North Delhi Power Limited is to receive a grant of $686,447 from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) towards implementation of smart grid technology in its distribution network of north and northwest Delhi.

NDPL is one of the first Indian utilities to initiate the implementation of smart grid technology in India to accelerate the development of common standards, technology solutions and processes for intelligent networks.

“We welcome the association with USTDA,” commented Sunil Wadhwa, managing director of NDPL. “The smart grid solutions are designed to enhance the efficiency and reliability of power distribution and to increase the ability of consumers to manage and use energy in a more cost effective and energy efficient way. It will also enable us to optimize our power line grid planning, operations and maintenance, enabling us to deliver power more efficiently. We also expect the technology to contribute to fewer and shorter outages and increase reliability.”

NDPL has undertaken several innovative initiatives that significantly reduced network losses and pioneered substation and distribution automation in India. The company is also taking a leadership role in policy advocacy for smart grid initiatives in India, and is presently working on several new projects including the possible deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).