India has at least 14 new smart grid pilot projects underway, according to India Smart Grid Forum’s latest bulletin.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution is working with IBM to implement a smart grid project comprising advanced metering infrastructure and automated demand response (ADR) for about 250 commercial and industrial customers with loads above 100kW.

The project, scheduled for completion last month (May 2014), included ADR infrastructure, smart meters, radio frequency mesh-based communication, a meter data management system and integration with other operational technology and IT systems like outage management system.

Meanwhile, US consultancies Tetra Tech and ESTA International are preparing a smart grid roadmap for Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) under a US Trade and Development Agency grant.

The aim is to develop requirements and specifications to help address a range of electrical grid improvements and smart grid investments, including the integration of smart meters and automated meter reading into CESC’s distribution system.

And Singapore-based meter manufacturer EDMI and Indian tech services company L&T have both submitted bids to Kerala State Electricity Board for a smart grid tender, due to be awarded at the end of June 2014.

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