India Smart Grid Week

Bangalore to host first major Smart Energy event in the country

By Claire Marchand

India Smart Grid Week will take place in Bangalore from 2 to 6 March 2015.

Infosys headquarters Bangalore
India's Silicon Valley is on the tour programme, with visits to the campus of Indian IT companies (photo of Infosys headqueaters in Bangalore: Indianhilbilly)

Ambitious programme

In 2013, the Indian government issued a “Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India” and set up the India Smart Grid Task Force to explore how India can develop and deploy Smart Grid capabilities.

The new government, elected in 2014, announced it was committed to provide uninterrupted electricity to all households in the next five years and launched specific programmes to attain this objective. It also launched an ambitious program to build 100 Smart Cities on fast track.

Gathering all stakeholders

The event – a conference and an exhibition – is part of the Indian Smart Grid initiative. It will bring together India’s leading electricity utilities, policy makers, regulators, investors and world leading Smart Grid and Smart City experts and researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products.

One of the key objectives of the Indian Smart Grid Week is to emphasize the need for International Standards, key to the project’s implementation. The Task Force set up in 2013 has been working in close cooperation with BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) to prepare and identify the standards needed for the Indian Smart Grid.

IEC presence at the event

The conference will feature plenary sessions and modules addressing specific Smart Grid and Smart City topics. Among the speakers are two prominent IEC representatives.

Renowned Smart Energy expert Richard Schomberg, Vice-President Smart Energy Standards at EDF (Electricité de France) will speak in the plenary session on “Smart Grid to Smart Cities and Smart Communities”. Schomberg is Chairman of two IEC Committes: IEC SyC (Systems Committee) on Smart Energy and PC (Project Committee) 118 on Smart Grid User Interface.

Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO, will address the audience in the plenary session on “International collaboration, joint research, development and deployment projects to bring down costs”.

To get involved

Prior to the conference itself, the organizers offer a Tutorial and Master Classes on the first day of the week. They also propose several visits on Friday 6 March. They include:

  • Visit to a Smart Grid Pilot Project in Mysore
  • Visit to SRLDC (Southern Regional Load Dispatch Centre) in Bangalore, the Control Room of BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company) and CPRI (Central Power Research Institute)
  • Tour of India’s Silicon Valley

The IEC has endorsed the event and all IEC members will receive a 20% discount on conference fees. To benefit from the discount, enter promo code: IEC20%.

For more information and registration details, please visit the India Smart Grid Week website

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India Smart Grid Week logo India Smart Grid Week will take place on 2-6 March 2015 in Bangalore, India
CPRI - Central Power Research Institute The last day of the week is devoted to tours, including CPRI (here the CPRI Power Capacitor Laboratory)
Infosys headquarters Bangalore India's Silicon Valley is also on the tour programme, with visits to the campus of Indian IT companies (photo of Infosys headqueaters in Bangalore: Indianhilbilly)