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    National Smart Grid Mission 2014 – Power Ministry


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    The Power Ministry, Govt. of India has proposed to establish a National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) by 2014 following the recently launched National Mission for Electric Mobility by the Ministry of Heavy Industries.
    Transforming the Indian power sector into a secure, adaptive, sustainable and digitally enabled ecosystem providing reliable and quality energy for all with the active participation of stake holders is the objective of the proposal.
    “Smart Grid vision and road map for India,” released by Power Ministry last week, drafted by the India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF) and India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), proposes all households the supply power through smart grid technologies by 2017 under NSGM. The envisioned market size of smart grid projects mentioned in the road map is around $30 to $40 billion in the next 15-20 years at the current price.
    Appropriate policies and programs are planned by the ministry and some of them are –
    • Electricity for all with uninterrupted grid supply of 8 hours/day minimum (including the evening peak), electrification of all households by 2017 and continuous improvement in quality and quantum of supply.
    • Reduced transmission and commercial (AT & C) losses to below 15% by 2017, below 12% by 2022 and below 10% by 2027.
    • Based on the outcomes of the Integrated smart grid technology pilots that are currently being undertaken, full implementation of smart grids in pilot project areas is planned by 2017, major urban geographical areas by 2022 and finally nationwide by 2027.
    • Availability of an indigenous low cost smart meter under the NSGM by 2014.
    • Wide Area Monitoring Systems (WAMS) for the entire transmission system using Phasor Measurement Units will be implemented.
    The building blocks of the smart grids will be laid with the completion of on-going programs such as system strengthening, consumer indexing, asset mapping as part of R-APDRP (Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme) and planning for integration of such systems into future smart grid deployments.
    For effective implementation of smart grid technologies by 2014, State/utility specific strategic road maps are considered to be developed.
    The ministry plans to formulate effective customer out reach and communication programs apart from the other planned implementations, for the active involvement of consumers in the smart grid implementation.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013

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