The 4th edition of India Smart Grid Week (ISGW), the five-day long event was attended by veterans from across the globe. The conference and exhibition was inaugurated by AK Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power. Other dignitaries present at the inaugural ceremony were Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI; Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of International Solar Alliance; Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd; His Excellency Ambassador Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India; Richard Schomberg, IEC Ambassador for Smart Energy; N Venu, Senior Group President, Power Grids Division of ABB for South Asia, Middle East and Africa; Matt Wakefield, Director, Electric Power Research Institute, USA; Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO, US Green Building Council; Debashis Banerjee, CEO, Reliance Infrastructure; Patrick Santillo, Minister-Counsellor for Commercial Affairs, US Embassy; Christopher Jones, Deputy Director General - Energy, European Commission; and Reji Kumar Pillai, President of ISGF and Chairman of Global Smart Grid Federation.
More than 2,000 delegates and visitors attended the event which was held at Manekshaw Center in New Delhi scheduled from 05-09 March, 2018. Experts from 38 countries from the power sector discussed about the advanced solutions for grid modernization, e-mobility and renewable energy integration at the event.
This year the event included bilateral workshops with European Commission, Sweden, USA and France. Special workshops on Blockchain for Utilities attracted interest from a large number of stakeholders. Full-day parallel sessions were conducted on Smart City Gas Distribution and Smart Water. The participants of the event also got the opportunity to attend the technical tour of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) and the recently commissioned, Smart Grid Pilot Project at UHBVN, Panipat with support from NEDO, Japan.
During the conference, MoUs were signed between India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) and Think Smart Grids - France for collaboration; USTDA and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) for the Business Case for Distributed Energy Resources in India Phase 2 Technical Assistance. PEER System by GBCI/USGBC was launched during the ceremony and a special announcement was made by USTDA for Behavioural Energy Efficiency Program with BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and Oracle Utilities, also Energy Storage Roadmap Project by ISGF, IESA and MacArthur Foundation was announced. Another special announcement was on the collaboration between TPDDL, SAP and Choice, Brazil for the launch of a new solution in India for the prevention of theft of electricity.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum commented, "India Smart Grid Week 2018 offered an excellent platform for Utility Leaders, Regulators, Government Officials and Technology Providers for networking and experience sharing with their peers from over 38 countries. With increasing focus on making city gas distribution and water distribution smart, next year ISGW will be held in an enhanced format as India Smart Utility Week."
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