Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) is responsible for the distribution of electricity in 8 districts and commenced its operations from 1st June 2002. BESCOM covers an area of 41,092 Sq. Kms. with a population of over 13.9 million. The company has three operating zones – Bangalore Metropolitan Area Zone, Bangalore Rural Area Zone and Chitradurga Zone.
Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) is an autonomous society under Ministry of Power, Government of India. Set up in 1960 by the Government of India, it functions as a centre for applied research in electrical power engineering assisting the electrical industry in product development, Consultancy and quality assurance. CPRI also serves as an independent authority for testing and certification of power equipment.
To facilitate the implementation of Smart Grids in India, India Smart Grid Forum, a non-profit voluntary consortium of public and private stakeholders with the prime objective of accelerating development of Smart Grid technologies in the Indian Power Sector was formed as an initiative of the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India.
BESCOM has been chosen as the distribution utility that will implement the first pilot project of smart grid in India and CPRI has been chosen as the consultant for the same.
The vision for the Smart Grid project in India, was produced by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It was prepared by PA Government Services, Inc.
According to this report, Senior Bescom officials have stated that CPRI and an international consultant will prepare the detailed project report. The US Trade and Development Agency which assists in appointing international consultants has been given approval to appoint consultants after meeting between Bescom officials and USAID yesterday in Bangalore to discuss the process.
According to Bescom the international consultants will be the knowledge partner and guide in implementation of the projects.
This is an enormous opportunity for international consultants to enter into the Indian smart grid space.