Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, India’s pioneer power distribution company has joined hands with Électricité de France (EDF) and its wholly owned subsidiary Enedis (a French electric utility company responsible for the management and development of 95% of the electricity distribution network) to explore prospective opportunities together, related to Smart Grid Technology in India.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations heading towards the goal of electricity development and smart sustainable city development by Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO&MD, Tata Power-DDL and Ms. Marianne Laigneau group senior executive vice president, in charge of the international division within EDF.
The partnership will work towards promoting the construction of local energy communities in Delhi, using local solar generation units and the self-consumption approach.
As part of an ambitious and forward-looking program of Smart Grids and revamping the Indian Distribution sector, the Indian government has launched several schemes for development and re-development of the distribution network in addition to the Smart Cities Mission in June 2015.
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. and EDF will work together to de-carbonise local energy systems and evaluate Smart Grid Technologies in India, using innovative solutions and European digitalisation technology.
On signing of the MoU, Mr. Praveer Sinha, Tata Power–DDL said, “As a leading power distribution company, Tata Power Delhi Distribution has introduced several firsts in the distribution sector and is passing on practical knowledge to others.
"The use of energy efficient technology is a unique and cost effective solution to optimise operational efficiency and provide better quality services at a lower cost.
"The collaboration with institutions of repute like EDF paves the way for scientific and technical cooperation between the parties, to recognise the great potential to join forces and leverage synergies for the benefit of society at large, by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.”
Ms. Marianne Laigneau, said, “In this constantly shifting climate change scenario, there is a need to formulate innovative and efficient ways for electricity and smart sustainable city development by tapping the potential of Smart Grid technology in India. The MoU with Tata Power-DDL will definitely help us moving towards the goal of a healthier future.”
Smart cities and Smart Grid technologies are seen as a key to India's economic and social growth.
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