With Smart Grid buzz gaining momentum across the world, every country is rolling out pilot projects to test the combination of technologies that may best suite their unique needs . Similarly, In India, private companies, utilities,distribution companies, and startups in close collaboration with government, are engaged in various smart grid projects.
BESCOM Smart Grid Pilot: The Bangalore utility company, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company(BESCOM), is pursuing Smart Grid Pilot, which may potentially become India's first Smart Grid pilot. The project is supported by Ministry of Power,Government of India and the United States Agency for International Assistance (USAID). Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), which has been appointed as consultant for the project will carry out the feasibility study along with the International Partner. The U.S.Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has been appointed to select International consultant, which, according to the RFP available at the USTDA website, will be an American organization. The Electronic City, a 332 acre industrial complex housing 100 plus IT companies and educational institutions, located outside Bangalore is chosen as the site for the study. The study will be implemented using following steps for which the time-frame is 12 months.
(1) Feasibility study of the project
(2) Site selection
(3) A request for information to gather the most current information on Smart Grid technologies, services, and pricing
(4) Preparation of a detailed project report and outreach to customers
(5) Project implementation including advanced metering infrastructure test, smart pricing and load control, and integration of renewable
(6) Post-implementation assessment of pilot project data
West Bengal Smart Grid Pilot :The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL), a wholly-owned state government enterprise, recently announced a first of its kind Smart Grid pilot in India that will pin-point power theft or unauthorized consumption in real-time basis. According to state secretary, Malay De, Singapore Power Ltd will be appointed as "super-consultant" for the project, which will be completed in next 2-3 years. To start with, The WBSEDCL will enter in agreement with US technology provider, which will supply technology and run the project. The pilot will be executed in south Kolkata locality Garia that has 50,000 customer consuming 45 MW power. The project, which is estimated to cost Rs. 300-350 crores is going to be first such large-scale pilot project in India. According to Secretary, Malay De, it will probably be the first such project in the world where entire power generation, transmission, and distribution will be brought under single roof of control.