Power Ministry plans to set up National Smart Grid Mission by 2014
Power Ministry proposes to establish a National Smart Grid Mission(NSGM) by 2014 on the lines of the National Mission for Electric Mobility launched recently by the Ministry of Heavy Industries.
The objective is to transform the Indian power sector into a secure, adaptive, sustainable and digitally enabled ecosystem that provides reliable and quality energy for all with active participation of stake holders.
Power Ministry in its “Smart Grid vision and road map for India” released last week proposes to supply power to all households by 2017 through smart grid technologies under the NSGM. The market size of smart grid projects envisioned in the road map is of the order of $30 to $40 billion in the next 15-20 years at the current price.
Ministry plans to put in place appropriate policies and programs to provide access to electricity for all with uninterrupted life line supply (8 hours/day minimum, including the evening peak) and electrification of 100% households by 2017 and continuous improvement in quality and quantum of supply.
Completion of on-going programs will lay the building blocks of smart grids such as system strengthening, consumer indexing, asset mapping as part of RAPDRP (Restructured accelerated power development and reform programme), and planning for integration of such systems into future smart grid deployments.
Further, as per the road map, the ministry envisages enabling programs and projects in distribution utilities to reduce aggregate transmission and commercial (AT&C) losses to below 15% by 2017, below 12% by 2022, and below 10% by 2027.
The ministry also proposes to undertake integrated technology trials through a set of smart grid pilot projects by 2015; and based on outcome of the pilots, roll out smart grids in pilot project areas by 2017; in major urban areas by 2022 and nationwide by 2027.