Centre invites smart-grid project proposals

KOLKATA. AUGUST 12:

As part of the National Smart Grid Mission roll out, the Centre has invited all State governments to submit proposals for at least two projects each. The proposals should include nominations for smart cities.

Cost breakup

According to Reji Kumar Pillai, President of India Smart Grid Forum – a body comprising the power ministry and the industry – the decision was taken a meeting chaired by the Union power secretary in Delhi, on August 10, in the presence of all State-level power officials. Pillai was in the city in connection with the CII energy conclave. The Centre will bear one-third of the project costs. The rest are to be borne by the States. The project, if implemented, will reduce distribution losses and equipment failure.

Reji said, every year thousands of distribution transformers catch fire across the country due to demand overload. In a smart grid, each consumer will be connected by a smart metre that sends out real-time consumption data to the control room, preventing such situations.

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