Clasma Events and the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) announced that Mr. P. Uma Shankar, Secretary of Power, India Ministry of Power, will keynote GridWeek Asia, 16-18 January 2012 in Mumbai, India.
Mr. Shankar is expected to cover the unique challenges faced by India’s electrical infrastructure, given rapid population and GDP growth, and plans for building India’s multi-billion dollar grid with smart, clean, efficient technologies.
“In India, having a Smart Grid is not a luxury, but a necessity,” said Indra Menon, Chairperson, ELECRAMA 2012. “Given our rapid growth in energy demand, we have no choice but to consider cleaner, more efficient technologies that also give customers a degree of control over their energy use. GridWeek Asia will cover the most critical topics for the evolution of India’s grid.”
Organized by Clasma and IEEMA, GridWeek Asia will connect Smart Grid leaders in Asian markets with U.S. utilities, standards bodies, technology companies, and government to cover important content in two key tracks Power Transformation and Information Technology.
The power transformation track is expected to address transmission and distribution, regulation, policy, sustainability, and conducting business in India.
The Information Technology track is expected to address cybersecurity, standards, interoperability, and transforming data into value.
The conference has an impressive list of speakers and some of the leading speakers include-R.N. Nayak, Chairman and Managing Director, PowerGrid Corporation of India, Bernard Delpech, Chief Operating Officer of Group Corporate Research and Development, EDF Group, Mark Gabriel, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Process, Black and Veatch, George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology,Richard Schomberg, IEC Smart Grid Chair and EDF Group Vice President of Smart Energy Standards and Ronald Binz, Principal, Public Policy Consulting, and Former Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
“We will focus quite a bit on approaches to conducting business in Asia, given how keen IEEMA is to foster strategic relationships among U.S., Indian and Asian companies,” said Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events.
The conference includes two full days of sessions, plus one day at ELECRAMA, which is expected to host 125,000 visitors and 1,000+ exhibitors.