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National smart grid mission soon

According to reports, the government will soon launch a national smart grid mission and monitor the implementation of policies and programmes envisioned in the smart grid road map for the power sector.

“This will help in finding solutions for some of the daunting challenges the Indian power sector is faced with, such as enabling better access to electricity, providing lifeline supply to all households and reducing T&D losses among others. This would also guide planning and investments for future power projects and T&D activities,” B N Sharma, joint secretary, ministry of power said.

Speaking at an international conference organised as part of an international exhibition on electrical products and services, ELECRAMA, on Friday, he said the government had recently unveiled the Smart Grid Vision and Road Map for the future for both modernising the ageing grids as well as for transition towards low carbon power economy by integrating renewable generation with the grid.

According to ABB, a smart grid is an evolved grid system that manages electricity demand in a sustainable, reliable and economic manner, built on advanced infrastructure and tuned to facilitate the integration of all involved. Smart grids will provide more electricity to meet rising demand, increase reliability and quality of power supplies, increase energy efficiency, and be able to integrate low carbon energy sources into power networks.

G Kumar Naik, Managing Director, KPTCL said, “The Government of Karnataka has given top most priority to transformers by proposing to set up transformer repair centres in every taluk in the state and transformer banks in every district head quarter.”

Raj Eswaran, President, Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturing Association (IEEMA) said in his address that the industry body had identified five areas for strategic and policy interventions by both the government and industry.

India’s Rs 12,000 crore transformer industry is facing a few challenges as it is currently operating at about 60 per cent capacity due to a slump in demand projected by the government companies, said Aditya Dhoot, Vice-Chairman ELECRAMA. The Mission plan 2012-2022 for the electrical equipment industry was launched in July 2013 and its vision is to make India the country of choice for production of electrical equipment and reach an output of $100 billion by balancing exports and imports.

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