ISGF Advisory Services

India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) offers a host of specialized advisory services to utilities, regulatory commissions and ISGF Members.

Projects – Ongoing


Study for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Planning and Rollout for Bangalore City, Karnataka

ISGF is currently working with Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) in planning for implementation of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI) project where it will be carrying out load flow studies to assess the feasibility of integrating EV charging infrastructure in the distribution network. ISGF has worked with WWF India on development of action plan for electric vehicle in Sundarban Island where ISGF is working on EV technology assessment, financing requirement and options and detailed route assessment along with grid up-gradation requirement to facilitate the growth electric vehicle in the island. In Bangalore city and will also evaluate the appropriate tariff and suitable business models for EV charging based on cost-benefit analysis and potential to scale up electric mobility.


Design of Time of Use (ToU) Electricity Tariff in the state of Gujarat in India

ISGF is currently working on design of Time of Use (ToU) tariff for the state of Gujarat project where we are carrying out detailed feasibility analysis and recommendations for ToU tariff options, implementation methodology and possible impact of the ToU tariff etc., in the State of Gujarat. An implementation roadmap will be developed for the utilities to implement ToU tariff model which will also evaluate the infrastructure up-gradation requirement for ToU implementation.


Peer to Peer (P2P) Trading Platform on Blockchain Technology for Trading of Solar Power at Customer Premises in Uttar Pradesh, India

Uttar Pradesh has become the first state to launch blockchain-enabled solar power trading in India and South Asia in a project led by India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) with Australian technology company Power Ledger.Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) and its subsidiary Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (MVVNL) will host the first of its kind pilot project involving peer-to-peer (P2P) trading of energy generated from solar rooftop systems installed on buildings in Lucknow.The project is being implemented by ISGF using Power Ledger’s energy trading software. Abajyon Inc,a system integrator has helped integration of the blockchain platform with UPPCL’s billing system. The P2P trading platform has launched with 12 participants comprising nine customers with rooftop solar (prosumers) and three customers without rooftop solar (net buyers), identified in consultation with MVVNL.The customers have been provided training through online training sessions by ISGF on various functionalities of the blockchain platform and the procedure that need to be followed to participate in the trading activities. This being a pilot project, the participants will engage in the mock trading (no money transactions) for next 3 months. During this period, ISGF will try different trading logics and test scenario is win-win for all stakeholders including the utility. The results and recommendations of the pilot project will be submitted to UPPCL and UPERC for consideration for framing regulations to promote P2P trading of rooftop solar power amongst prosumers and consumers in the state.

Projects – Completed

Smart Grid Roadmaps


Smart Grid Roadmap for PT PLN Indonesia

ISGF has developed the Smart Grid Roadmap for PLN, Indonesia, one of the largest vertically integrated utility in India where ISGF has assessed the As-Is scenario of PLN, Indonesia using Smart Grid Maturity Model and identified the potential smart grid interventions required and recommended phase wise activities that need to be undertaken by the utility to reach their desired objectives.


Smart Grid Roadmap 2019-2035 for Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited

ISGF has prepared the Smart Grid Roadmap for Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) in which it has developed strategic milestones that the utility needs to achieve to fulfil its envisaged vision of smart utility, and has provided recommendations on the technology enhancement, grid operation, policy landscape, strategic initiatives, institutional changes etc. required for smart grid development.


Energy Storage System Roadmap for India 2019-2032


Study “Development of Roadmap for Implementation of Smart Grid – Concepts, Practices and Technologies in SAARC Region”

Worked with SAARC Energy Centre on development of smart grid roadmap for SAARC member states (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan where we have provided recommendations on different activities need to be undertaken by utilities on policy measures, organizational structure, technology, grid operations, customer engagement, work and asset management and societal and environmental domains for grid modernization.


Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) Assessment

Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) tool was initially prepared by set of technology companies and American Productivity and Quality Council with inputs from several leading utilities. The tool in presently maintained by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. ISGF along with its member organizations have the capability to undertake SGMM survey of utilities. SGMM is a valuable tool that helps utilities to:

  • Identify where they are on the smart grid landscape.
  • Develop a shared smart grid vision and roadmap.
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders using a common language.
  • Prioritize options and support decision making.
  • Compare to themselves over time and to the rest of the community (peers).
  • Measure their progress.
  • Prepare for and facilitate change
    Project Feasibility Studies: ISGF has done the feasibility studies for the Tumakuru, Tirunelveli, Goa, Bangalore, Indonesia and SAARC Countries Smart Grid projects.


Study of Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Market Scenario in India

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan has been actively involved in the transformation of the Energy Sector in India and came forward to fund one of the Smart Grid Pilot projects in India. Accordingly, Ministry of Power and Government of Haryana have allotted Panipat Smart Grid Project to NEDO for demonstration of Japanese Smart Grid Technologies. NEDO has successfully implemented this project through a consortium led by Fuji Electric, Japan comprising of several Japanese and Indian companies. From the encouraging results of Panipat Smart Grid Project, NEDO is keen to expand their footprint in India and exploring the feasibility for larger Smart Grid deployment projects. Per NEDO’s request, ISGF conducted a study "Smart Grid Market Scenarios in India" describing the various Smart Grid Technologies that have been implemented in the electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) in India so far to help NEDO to choose the next level of projects that can be supported through Japanese assistance.


Smart Grid Handbook for Regulators and Policy Makers


A Diagnostic Study of the Energy Efficiency Potential of IOT in India

Internet of Things, popularly recognized as IoT, is an emerging disruptive technology that transforms the way physical objects/assets operate and add value in any industry vertical. India has become a rapidly growing hub for IoT solutions. NASSCOM estimates that the Indian market for IoT is likely to touch 15 billion USD in the next five years. On the policy front, Government of India’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’ and the ‘Digital India Mission’ are expected to provide the required impetus for the development of IoT industry in the country. The leading industry verticals/markets demanding IoT solutions are energy, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, logistics, agriculture, city infrastructure, homes/buildings, and lighting and consumer appliances. Implementing IoT will also require sensors, actuators, gateways, communication modules and other network related subcomponents of IoT. Rapid proliferation of such objects raises concerns regarding excessive standby power. ISGF in association by PwC has conducted the study “Diagnostic Study of Energy Efficiency of IoT” for Shakti Foundation to stimulate policy dialogue among key stakeholders for guiding the evolution of IoT industry to adopt low power communication technologies, minimize the risk of excess energy footprint and also sense the readiness of the industry for embracing standby power standards.


Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India

Electric Vehicle Studies and Reports


Implementation Plan for Electrification of Public Transportation in Kolkata


Study on Infrastructure and Enabling Environment for Road Electric Transport in SAARC Member States

ISGF has worked with SAARC Energy Centre to assess the readiness of EV infrastructure in terms of policy support, grid enhancement, and manufacturing capacity etc. to accelerate the electric vehicle deployment in each SAARC member states and evaluated international best practices for providing recommendation on policy support, institutional development, technical standards, electrical infrastructure requirement, manufacturing sector development etc.


Conducting a Feasibility Study on Introducing Electric Vehicles in the Sundarban Landscape with special focus on the Forest Fringe parts of Sundarbans

ISGF has worked with WWF India on development of action plan for electric vehicle in Sundarban Island where ISGF is working on EV technology assessment, financing requirement and options and detailed route assessment along with grid up-gradation requirement to facilitate the growth electric vehicle in the island.


Establishment of Charging Infrastructure for Deployment of Electric Buses in Kolkata

The project on “Establishment of Charging Infrastructure to Support Deployment of Electric Buses” in Kolkata was awarded to ISGF by World Bank in order to ensure successful pilot implementation and operation of the electric buses and charging stations procured by West Bengal Transport Corporation for Kolkata city. The project requires ISGF to review the technical specification of both the electric bus, its components like battery, motor and the chargers that are being supplied by Tata Motors as a part of this project. As a part of this review, ISGF will carry out detailed assessment of electricity input requirement, readiness of the electrical facilities to support the charging infrastructure like transformer capacity, distribution cabling etc. and will also carry out site assessment of the bus depots where charging stations will be installed to figure out any additional civil work requirement in those sites.


Assistance to WBTC for Establishment of Charging Infrastructure for Electric Buses in Kolkata

With FAME II scheme of Govt. of India in place, West Bengal Transportation Corporation (WBTC) had intended to procure 500 electric buses for four cities namely, Kolkata, new Town, Haldia, Asansol-Durgapur and Siliguri-Jalpaiguri. To facilitate this procurement World Bank has requested ISGF to provide advisory service to WBTC and help them with preparation of Expression of Interest to be submitted to Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) for availing subsidy for procurement of electric buses. The scope of the project “Advisory Services on scaling up of Electric Mobility Deployment for the Transport Department of West Bengal, India” also involved preparation of bid document including Request for Proposal and Operators Agreement for selection of operator and procurement of the electric buses for which DHI has allocated subsidy to WBTC.

ISGF has also organised an EV summit in Kolkata along with World Bank and WBTC to facilitate experience sharing and stakeholder consultation and also provided international experts to share their experience and recommendations on battery technology, electric bus and charging station operation and grid integration which will catalyse the growth of electric vehicle deployment in the state of West Bengal.

In addition, ISGF is also preparing a Roadmap for Private Sector Participation in EV in the state of West Bengal which will define the steps that need to be undertaken on policy, institutional development, business model etc. to accelerate the participation of private sector in electrification of public transportation in the state.


Preparation of EOI and RFP for WBTC for Procurement of Electric Buses under FAME II Scheme

Under the FAME-II Scheme, Government of India (GoI) intends to support the development of EV charging infrastructure by extending the capital grant to different organizations working with city government for the promotion of the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs). Accordingly, an EOI has been issued by Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) for inviting proposals from Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)/municipal corporations, PSUs (State/Central) and public/private entities desirous for development of EV charging infrastructure in different states/cities.

Alfanar company of Saudi Arabia has requested ISGF to prepare the Expression of Interests (EOIs) to be submitted to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)/municipal corporations for availing incentives for deployment of EV charging stations in 21 cities. In addition to the EOIs, ISGF has also prepared Detailed Project Report on implementation of EV charging stations in those cities including business model evaluation and detailed cost and revenue assessment associated with EV charging station deployment.

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Smart Grid Bulletin December 2022

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