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Volume 1, Issue 3, 2014


India Smart Grid Week 2015 . . . . . . . . 1 Smart Grid Updates: o Policy, Regulations & Standards . . 2 o Pilot Projects in India . . . . . . . . . . . 3 o Other Smart Grid Projects in India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 o Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Smart Grid Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Key Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Highlights of DistribuTECH 2014 . . . . 8 Development of Web-GIS Tool for estimating the Rooftop Solar Power potential for Indian Solar Cities. . . . . . 9 New to Smart Grid? Smart Grid Gyan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Plenary Meeting of IEC PC 118. . . . . 11 Smart Grid Development Center . . . 11 ISGF Member List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 ISGFs Smart Grid Professional Database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

03-07 March 2015 | Bangalore, India

Today India operates the worlds largest synchronous grid covering an area of 3.28 million sq km with connected capacity of 235 GW and about 200 million consumers. Yet another 79 million households in India do not have access to electricity and our per capita consumption is one-fourth the world average! Transmission and Distribution losses in India are also quite high. Government of India (GoI) is determined to leverage Smart Grid Technologies to address these problems. In 2013, GoI issued Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India which is a 15 year roadmap for transformation of the Indian power system to Smart Grids. With the recent activities around 14 Smart Grid Pilot projects in different states, India has emerged as the hot destination for Smart Grids. ISGF is pleased to announce India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2015 scheduled from 03 - 07 March, 2015 in Bangalore, India. ISGW 2015 is planned as a Conference and Exhibition that will bring together Indias leading Electricity Utilities, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and worlds top-notch Smart Grid Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products. To participate in ISGW 2015 as an Exhibitor, Speaker or Delegate, Please write to:

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Smart Grid Updates: Policy, Regulations & Standards

ISGF organised Smart Grid Workshop for Regulators Series of workshops are being organised on Smart Grids by ISGF for Regulators of various states in India. More than 100 officers attended the 6th workshop of this series that was held on 7-8 Feb, 2014 at Gandhi Nagar for the Regulators and State Utilities of the Western Region. Several key officials attended the events including Chairman - GERC, Member - MPERC, CMD - GETCO, MDs of UGVNL & MGVNL. Mr. D.J. Pandian, Principal Secretary - Energy, Govt. of Gujarat was the Chief Guest. India allocates a further 750 MW of Solar capacity through the National Solar Mission The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the government agency overseeing Indias Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), has awarded permits for 750 MW of solar projects in the frame of its auction for new solar power capacity. The Indian government will provide 18.75 billion INR in subsidies for these projects. Projects selected in the auction are expected to be online by the end of April 2015 and must be between 10 and 50 MW (AC) in size. Read More: Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) notifies another Amendment to the Indian Electricity Grid Code Regulations CERC has issued a second amendment to the Indian Electricity Grid Code Regulations on 6 Jan 2014. The Regulations came into force from 17 February 2014. The highlights of the amendment are - grid frequency band has been narrowed further, i.e. from 49.7-50.2 Hz to 49.70-50.05 Hz; change in regulation in an event of grid disturbance and changes in the Renewable Regulatory Fund mechanism. Read more: Ministry of Power operationalised Power System Development Fund Ministry of Power issued a scheme for operationalisation of Power System Development Fund (PSDF). National Load Dispatch Centre has been appointed as the nodal agency for implementation of the scheme. PSDF will be utilised for creating necessary transmission systems of strategic importance based on operational feedback by Load Dispatch Centres for relieving congestion in Inter-State Transmission Systems (ISTS) and intra-state system which are incidental to the ISTS. Read more: Odisha constitutes Steering Committee for formulation of Smart Grid Roadmap for Odhsha With the Odisha Government shifting its focus to infrastructure development in the power sector in a big way, the Energy department of Odisha has started the process of strengthening the power transmission networks through Smart Grid initiatives. A 14 member Steering Committee has been constituted for formulation of a Vision and Roadmap document for implementation of Smart Grid through the application of Information and Communication Technology. The members of the committee include the representatives from Odisha Energy Department, GRIDCO, OERC, CESU, ISGF , CPRI, CSO, NESCO, WESCO, SOUTHCO, PGCIL, IEEMA and OPTCL. Updates from various Electricity Regulatory Commissions in India Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC): Smt. Chandra Iyengar has taken over as Chairperson of MERC Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC): Sh. Pravinbhai Patel has taken over as Chairperson of GERC Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC): Sh. D.B. Manival Raju and Sh. H.D. Arun Kumar have joined KERC as Members. Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC): Sh.V.S. Verma (Member) has retired from CERC

Indias Outlook on Smart Grids An article on Indias Outlook on Smart Grids written by Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai, President - India Smart Grid Forum was published in Power Businessview. Read Article:

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Smart Grid Updates: Pilot Projects in India

Following are the updates from the pilot projects:

Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Limited, Andhra Pradesh (The project is located at Jeedimetla Industrial Area) Update: CPRI has been selected as the consultant. Technical Specification for the tender is completed. Draft RfP was received from CPRI and would be finalized within a week. Target date for issue of RfP: 31st March 2014. Target date for award: by end of June, 2014 Assam Power Distribution Company Limited, Assam (The project is located at Guwahati distribution region) Update: Medhaj Techno Concept has been selected as the consultant. RfP for Appointment of Smart Grid Implementing Agency was released on 04.03.2014. Last date of bid submission is on 21st April, 2014. Target date for award: by end June, 2014 Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Limited, Mysore, Karnataka (The project is located at Additional City Area Division, Mysore) Update: On 4th March 2014, CESC, Mysore has awarded the Smart Grid pilot project to a consortium of companies lead by Enzen Global Solutions Pvt Ltd, a Bangalore based company engaged in IT system integration in Europe and North America; and electricity distribution franchisee operations in Odisha state in India. Other members in the consortium include KEPCO Data Networks (KDN) and Ecolibrium Energy Pvt Ltd, an Indian startup and a member of ISGF , specialized in Demand Response solutions. The project cost is INR 325.6 million of which 50% will be a grant from Ministry of Power and INR 85.2 million will be invested by Enzen Global and the rest by CESC. The project implementation period is 18 months Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited, Chhattisgarh (The project is located at Siltara Urla area of Raipur District) Update: PGCIL has been selected as the consultant. DPR is being revised due to change in project area to Raipur. RfP is expected to be released by the end of March, 2014. Electricity Department of Government of Puducherry (The project is located at Division 1 of Puducherry) Update: PGCIL has been selected as the consultant. RfP is under approval by State Govt.

Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd, Himachal Pradesh (The project is located at Industrial town of KalaAmb) Update: PGCIL has been selected as the consultant. Detailed Project Report is prepared. Draft RFP is prepared and submitted for internal approval. RFP is expected to be released by end of March 2014. Jaipur Vidhyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd, Rajasthan (The project is located at VKIA Jaipur) Update: PGCIL has been selected as the consultant. Utility is working on putting together the RfP . Kerala State Electricity Board, Kerala (The project is located at Selected Distribution Section offices spread over the geographical area of Kerala State) Update: A tender was issued for selection of Smart Grid Implementation Agency. Bids were opened on 07 March 2014. 2 companies submitted bids. Project would be awarded by end of May 2014. Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, Maharashtra (The project is located at Baramati Town) Update: Received 4 bids which were opened on 18th March 2014. Technical evaluation in progress. Project would be awarded by end of April 2014. Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Punjab (The project is located at Industrial Division of City Circle Amritsar) Update: The RfP is in the advanced stage of finalization. Commercial part of the RfP is under board approval. Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited, Tripura (The project is located at Electrical Division No.1 of Agartala town) Update: PGCIL has been selected as the consultant. Tender is expected to be floated in May 2014. Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited, Gujarat (The project is located at Naroda of Sabarmati circle which is an industrial and residential area and Deesa of Palanpur circle which is an agricultural area)

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Smart Grid Updates: Pilot Projects in India (Contd...)

Update: Bids were opened on Jan 2, 2014. Utility has received 6 bids. Technical Evaluation was completed. Five consortiums have been shortlisted for PoC for demonstrating their AMI connectivity solutions with 300 meters each. This PoC is to be completed in 2 months and the price bids of bidders who are successful in the PoC will be opened. Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited, Haryana (This project is located at Panipat City Subdivision) Update: This project at Panipat has been proposed for implementation under a grant from NEDO, Japan. NEDO has appointed the Power Grid Solution Ltd (a JV of Tokyo Electric

Power Company and Hitachi), NTT Communications, Fuji Electric Company and Price Waterhouse Coopers for preparing feasibility study. The Japanese Consortium had a kick-off meeting on 10th March 2014 with UHBVN. West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, West Bengal (The project is located at Siliguri Town in Darjeeling District) Update: PGCIL has been selected as the consultant. Revised DPR was submitted by PGCIL on 3rd March and is expected to be finalized in March 2014. RfP is expected by end of May 2014.

Other Smart Grid Projects in India

Reliance Infrastructure Limited, Mumbai
Reliance is implementing an Automated Demand Response (ADR) program for 7 large institutional customers with a combined load of 1 MW. This project is being implemented by M/s Innovari Inc, USA, under a grant from USTDA. The main feature of the project is shifting Air-conditioning load to off peak hours, by cycling the compressor within a temperature band. The project is scheduled for completion in April 2014. from ADB. This project involves implementation of the latest technology in power supply systems to withstand very highspeed cyclones with wind speed of about 350-kmph. Under the scheme, power supply would be made through underground and over ground cables and gas insulated substations with full automation and control. Consumers would be alerted about power cuts through SMS. The project is divided into two packages: Package I deals with 132 kV Sub-Station Work and Package II deals with 33 kV Sub-Station Work, 11kV and LT Network Work. The tender was floated on 28th Feb and 3rd March 2014 respectively.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL)

TPDDL in collaboration with IBM is implementing a unique smart grid project that include Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Automated Demand Response (ADR) conceptualized together. The project covers about 250 commercial and industrial customers with loads above 100kW with a combined load of 20MW. It has been approved by Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).The project's components include ADR, Smart Meters, Radio Frequency (RF) Mesh Based Communication, Meter Data Management System (MDMS) and integration with other Operational Technology & IT systems like Outage Management System (OMS), SAP etc. This project is scheduled for completion by May 2014. TPDDL is also preparing a Smart Grid Roadmap under technical assistance from USTDA.

BESCOM has taken up implementation of smart meters in select locations of Electronics City, Bangalore on an experimental basis. The project will focus on consumer portal service, billing data, energy audit and condition-based maintenance, load research, workforce management and network monitoring. BESCOM intends to implement another smart grid project in Bangalore city covering about 20,000 customers.

Smart Grid Roadmap for the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation Limited (CESC) is being prepared by Tetra Tech and ESTA International, Inc under a USTDA grant. The study aims to develop requirements and speci?cations to address a range of electrical grid improvements and smart grid investments, including the integration of smart meters and automated meter reading into CESC's distribution system.

The Odisha Government has announced a Smart Grid power network (Disaster Resilient Power Strengthening System) for the cyclone prone Ganjam district in Odisha, with 60% funding

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Smart Grid Updates: Technology

Global Updates
The 10 essentials of a great smart grid plan

Electric Vehicles, Renewables & Storage

Smart Grid for electric vehicle fleet

Some utilities are just getting started on their smart grid journey. Others are well on their way. But all utilities will benefit by reviewing the best practices across the globe. A top-notch smart grid deployment plan must address the Strategic purpose, Road map, Technologies, Implementation, New services, Customer impacts, Customer education, Cyber security and Data privacy, Open standards, and Performance metrics. Read more:
EVN Bulgaria plans to invest 35 mln euro in smart meter deployments

EVN Bulgaria plans to invest 68 million levs (2863 million rupees) over a period of three years to deploy 373,000 smart meters in its service area. The benefits include increased meter reading accuracy, improved utility asset management, easier energy theft detection, detection of meter failures, billing accuracy improvements, faster service restoration, flexible billing cycles, providing a variety of time-based rate options to customers, and creating customer energy profiles for targeting Energy Efficiency/Demand Response programs. Read more:

The network of charging stations for electric vehicles is becoming more tightly meshed. Being able to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires some ingenious energy management. Researchers are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germanys largest charging station. Team from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering are currently using their living lab to investigate the technology required to manage EV fleets. The following intriguing questions will be addressed through this research: How do you maximize operational efficiency? How do you avoid short circuits occurring during peak load times? How do you design a smart grid that can meet all these requirements? Read more: New energy vehicle sales set at 160,000 for 2014 in China Electric family cars still have a bumpy road ahead, according to industry insiders, as lagging infrastructure, safety concerns and a tendency toward traditional petrol-powered vehicles have all contributed to lagging consumer EV sales. Hoping to add some stimulus to its languishing domestic market for new energy vehicles, China is expanding its campaign to drive up sales to another 12 cities, taking the total number of cities and regions involved to 40. Beijing and Shenzhen have been tasked with selling 35,000 units, which would take the total for the 40 cities involved to around 320,000 units; 160,000 of which is set to be sold in 2014. Read more:

Information & CommunicationTechnology

Smart Grid neighbourhood-area network standard charges ahead

The wireless technology based on the IEEE's popular 802.15.4 standard is widely used in home-area networks (HANs) to connect smart meters to home monitoring and control consoles. The ZigBee Alliance and a group of leading smartmetering and smart grid member companies are developing a communication profile aimed at achieving true plug-and-play interoperabilit y bet ween the members wireless neighbourhood-area network (NAN) products and solutions. Read more:

ISGAN, GSGF launch international awards competition for Smart Grids The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), launched the first Award of Excellence competition to recognize excellence in smart grid projects around the world. The theme for this inaugural award is "Consumer Engagement and Empowerment," a critical element of the smart grid vision. Projects at pilot, demonstration, or deployment levels with a substantial consumer engagement and empowerment component are eligible to apply. The nominations period runs from now to March 22, with winners expected to be announced at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Seoul, Korea in May. Read more:

Power System
Protecting the grid a "core responsibility" for electric industry

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System to address risks due to physical security threats and vulnerabilities. This action should provide resilience to, and increase the security of the U.S. electric grid. The order comes after snipers attacked an electricity substation in California last year. The reliability standards require owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System to take at least three steps to protect physical security. Read more:

Demand Response
Does Automated Demand Response (ADR) grabs the spotlight? According to a new report from Navigant Research, the number of ADR-equipped sites worldwide will grow from fewer than

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Smart Grid Updates: Technology (Contd...)

217 ,000 in 2014 to more than 1.9 million by 2023. The report on Automated Demand Response , examines the global ADR market with a focus on two key sectors: commercial and industrial, and residential. At the same time, groups like the OpenADR Alliance and Zigbee Alliance are working to create standards for DR signals to encourage open communication structures and interoperability of devices. Read more: OpenADR Alliance, WI-SUN alliance join forces The OpenADR Alliance and WI-SUN Alliance announced a liaison agreement to more quickly accelerate the rollout of energy efficient program offerings. The two organizations will work together to enable interoperability between Smart Utility Networks and utility demand response programs based on the OpenADR specification. Both the Wi-SUN Alliance and the OpenADR Alliance are finding growing acceptance of their respective specifications globally. The two industry standards are highly complementary, offering Utility companies more flexibility in their demand response and energy management program offerings. Read more:

security and wider energy goals while minimising costs to consumers. Read more: Saudi Arabia electric smart meters market forecast and opportunities, 2019 According to Saudi Arabia Electric Smart Meters Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019, the market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 10.12% during 2014-19 in revenue terms. Smart grid installation in the country was initiated by Saudi Electric Company in 2010, by installing around 50,000 meters in a pilot project. In 2012, the country had more than 6.5 million subscribers, which are expected to increase over the next five years, where majority of subscribers were from the residential sector, which accounted for approximately 5 million users. In addition, the Saudi Arabian government plans to install smart meters across the country in four major phases. Read more:

EcoWatch scoops prize of up to 10k in Smart Grid Innovation Hub start-up search The Smart Grid Innovation Hub is a collaborative initiative by EirGrid Group and NDRC to promote the development of innovative smart-grid solutions, with a focus on entrepreneurial initiatives by companies, academics and entrepreneurs in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Limerick-based EcoWatch scooped the top prize of up to 10,000 in funding for its work to develop Smart Distribution Network Monitoring Solutions. Read more:

Policy and Market Opportunities

UK issued Smart Grid vision and roadmap UK has made significant progress to date in developing and deploying smart grids. It is recognised as a European leader with respect to investment in smart grid research and demonstration projects. Now, they have released the smart grid roadmap 2020 and beyond. Their vision is to develop an electricity grid to support an efficient, timely transition to a low carbon economy to help the UK meet its carbon reduction targets, ensure energy

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Smart Grid Events

Mar 21, 2014: Interactive Discussion on Energy Policy: Redesign the Decision Making Architecture, New Delhi ( May 31 Jun7, 2014: ICSE 2014 - International Workshop on Software Engineering Challenges for the Smart Grid, Hyderabad ( Jun 12 14, 2014: International Conference & Expo on Renewable Energy, Tamil Nadu ( Sept 3 5, 2014: Renewable Energy India Expo, Greater Noida ( Oct 8-10, 2014: IntelliSub India 2014, New Delhi, India ( Apr 14, 2014: 3rd Edition of Smart Grid International Forum 2014, Rome Apr 23 24, 2014: 3rd Smart Network meeting to be held by Schneider Electric, Paris Apr 23 24, 2014: Smart Electricity World Asia 2014, Singapore ( Apr 29 30 2014: 5th Annual Smart Grids Summit 2014, NH Malaga, Spain ( Apr 29-30 2014: 4th International Conference on Next Generation Batteries 2014, San Diego, USA ( May 8 9, 2014: 2nd Annual Smart Grid World Summit, London ( May 19 22, 2014: 5th Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, Washington DC ( May 20 23, 2014: IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Asia, Malaysia ( Jun 16 20, 2014: Asia Clean Energy Forum 2014, Manila ( Jun 18 20, 2014: Smart Community Summit by NEDO & JSCA, Tokyo Japan IEEE PES General Meeting - Charting the Course to a New Energy Future, July 27-21, 2014, Washington DC (

Mar 24 25 2015: Power and Electricity World Africa 2015, South Africa ( Mar 25 26, 2014: InnoGrid2020+ conference, Brussels ( Mar 25 27, 2014: International Conference and Exhibition for the Storage of Renewable Energies, Germany ( Mar 25 27, 2014: Unlock the Value of Energy Intelligence, Philadelphia, PA ( Mar 26 28, 2014: The Electric Utility of the Future, Hawaii ( Mar 31 Apr 2, 2014: The 4th China International Smart Grid Construction Technology and Equipment Expo & 2014 Global Smart Grid (China) Summit, China ( Apr 3 4, 2014: International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems (SMARTGREENS), Barcelona, Spain ( Apr 9 11, 2014: Utility Analytics Summit 2014, Durham, North Carolina, United States ( )

Webinars - ISGF Webinar Series

Mar 26, 2014: The Importance of the Marketing and Commercial Aspects of a Smart Grid Network, Global Smart Grid Federation (
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Highlights of DistribuTECH 2014

DistribuTECH is the worlds largest event for automation and IT in electricity power distribution it covers automation and control systems, IT, T&D engineering, market management systems, advanced visualisation technologies, power delivery equipment as well as water utility technology. This year, DistribuTECH held in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 28 - 30, 2014 featured 14 conference tracks, 77 conference sessions, more than 180 utility speakers, and more than 10,000 visitors. The conference also featured an on-site International Trade Center where foreign buyers could meet with sellers and obtain assistance identifying potential business partners. From the technology side, emerging Smart Grid ecosystem took center stage as attendees talked about one of the biggest grid operational and control challenges facing utilities today: consumer generations, EVs and its accessories, storage and controls, solar PV and inverters, home appliances, demand response and analytics. US Commercial Services organized an Indian Delegation of 14 members (several ISGF Members too) to the DistribuTECH 2014. The members of this delegation had fruitful B2B meetings with several technology companies that participated in the trade show. All technology giants and several interesting start-ups showcased their products at the exhibition. Few are summarized below: CalAmp showcased a powerful cloud based platform with a comprehensive set of APIs to enable consumer and 3rd party applications, and a collection of off-the-shelf applications for monitoring, controlling, and managing fixed and mobile assets. Itron had some interesting products, including two devices not traditionally within its purview: electric vehicle chargers and solar inverters. Both represent important grid-edge endpoints that need to be integrated into the broader smart grid enterprise. Clipper Creek EV charger on display considers combining revenue-grade metrology with multiple wireless communications and a web display for use by fleet owners or homeowners. The EV charger includes Wi-Fi hotspot access for drivers to obtain charging data from their smartphone, tablet or laptop, as well as ZigBee for connecting to the nearby smart meters home area network. It allows the charger to contact the local smart meter for energy consumption and pricing, among other data points. It also allows the utility to measure the impact of multiple home EV chargers on its local distribution transformers, or even to pass down requests or commands to stop charging to prevent grid emergencies. Fronius exhibited solar inverter and consumer energy management that integrates Itrons embedded sensing technology to further the value proposition for a household solar PV system. By installing this system, home users can see what share of household power their solar system generates throughout the day, and how that affects their energy bills over time. Cisco showcased new IOx platform for opening its grid routers to third-party applications based on Linux. Silver Spring exhibited an upgraded Silver Link Sensor Network. Silver Spring Networks and Cisco Systems announced grid devices as applications platform for the title of Smart Grid networking kingpin. Consert, the startup acquired by Toshibas Landis+Gyr, exhibited cellular-connected energy management systems, which use ZigBee to control air conditioners and water heaters, with feedback on just how much collective capacity is at the utility's fingertips updated every two seconds. Open Access Technology Inc. (OATI) showcased a new product, called GridControl, meant to connect distributed resources like rooftop solar PV and controllable loads into larger grid operations systems. Sentient Energy showcased a new smart distribution power line sensor. Auto Grid exhibited a demand response optimization platform, which has features like home security and automation services. There were many products by smart thermostat makers, middleware providers, and utility integration platforms working together to deliver utility-to-home energy connectivity with data analytics engines. Most exhibitors revealed a host of new products, platforms and services with similar aims - the latest technology seeking to tie these lastmile Smart Grid interconnections into place. Industry got a look at some real-world examples of how utilities, grid vendors and IT giants are pushing the boundaries of the emerging Smart Grid technologies and applications. DistribuTECH 2015 will be at San Diego, California in the last week of January 2015.

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Development of Web-GIS Tool for estimating the Rooftop Solar Power potential for Indian Solar Cities
To promote rooftop solar photovoltaic (SPV) systems, especially in Indian solar cities, there is a need for a tool to showcase solar resource potential in a user-friendly format so that users can investigate their locations of interest and perform pre-processed analysis. Geographic Information System (GIS) is the obvious tool to achieve this because it provides visual reference a map of the entire city showing the buildings those have solar PV installation potential. An important part of every webbased GIS tool is its mapping or, visualization technology, which makes it possible to show data in the form of maps. Hence, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is currently developing first-of-kind cloud based opensource Web-GIS Tool for estimating Rooftop Solar Power potential for Indian Solar Cities. The main objective of this study is to develop a high performing and flexible WebGIS tool to estimate the rooftop solar power potential for Chandigarh area. This initiative has been supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), and the strategic support is being provided by Chandigarh Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Figure: GIS Interface (Beta Version) of Rooftop Solar Web-GIS Tool for Indian Solar Cities

The Beta release of this tool is available at: For more information about this ongoing project, and accessing the Renewable Energy Geo-Spatial Gateway of India (RE-GIS India), kindly visit at:

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New to Smart Grid?...

What is Advanced Metering Infrastructure?
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is the collective term to describe the whole infrastructure from Smart Meter to two way-communication network to control centre equipment and all the applications that enable the gathering and transfer of energy usage information in near real-time. AMI makes two-way communications with customers possible and is the backbone of a smart grid. The objectives of AMI can be remote meter reading for error free data, network problem identification, load profiling, energy audit and partial load curtailment in place of load shedding.
Customer Data Collection Communications Network Utility/Third Party Data Reception and Management

Smart Grid Gyan

Units) used to acquire data from meters via communication network and send it to the MDMS Meter Data Management System (MDMS)- Host system which receives, stores and analyses the metering information.

Home Area Network (HAN) - It can be an extension of AMI deployed at consumer premises to facilitate the communication of home appliances with AMI and hence enable a better control of loads by both utility and consumer.

The benefits of AMI are multi-fold and can be generally categorized as: Operational Benefits AMI benefits the entire grid by improving the accuracy of meter reads, energy theft detection and response to power outages, while eliminating the need for on-site meter reading. Financial Benefits AMI brings financial gains to utility, water and gas companies by reducing equipment and maintenance costs, enabling faster restoration of electric service during outages and streamlining the billing process. Customer Benefits AMI benefits electric customers by detecting meter failures early, accommodating faster service restoration, and improving the accuracy and flexibility of billing. Further, AMI allows for time-based rate options that can help customers save money and manage their energy consumption. Security Benefits AMI technology enables enhanced monitoring of system resources, which mitigates potential threats on the grid by cyber-terrorist networks.

Electric Meter

Data Transmission Network (BPL, PLC, RF , Public Networks)

Meter Data Management System (MDMS)

Gas Meter Advanced Metering Infrastructure Host Water Meter Figure 1: AMI Building Blocks

Figure-1 illustrates the components that make up AMI, including advanced electric, gas and water meters a data transmission network and a data management system

Building Blocks of AMI

AMI is comprised of various hardware and software components, all of which play a role in measuring energy consumption and transmitting information about energy, water and gas usage to utility companies and customers. The overarching technological components of AMI include: Smart Meters- Advanced meter devices having the capacity to collect information about energy, water, and gas usage at various intervals and t r a n s m i tt i n g t h e d a t a t h r o u g h f i x e d communication networks to utility, as well as receiving information like pricing signals from utility and conveying it to consumer. Communication Network- Advanced communication networks which supports two way communication enable information from smart meters to utility companies and vice-versa. Networks such as Broadband over PowerLine (BPL), Power Line Communications, Fiber Optic Communication, Fixed Radio Frequency or public networks (e.g., landline, cellular, paging) are used for such purposes. Meter Data Acquisition System (MDAS) Software applications on the control centre hardware and the DCUs (Data Concentrator

Despite its widespread benefits, deploying AMI presents three majors challenges that include high upfront investments costs, integration with other grid systems, and standardization. High Capital Costs: A full scale deployment of AMI requires expenditures on all hardware and software components, including meters, network infrastructure and network management software, along with cost associated with the installation and maintenance of meters and information technology systems. Integration: AMI is a complex system of technologies that must be integrated with utilities' information technology systems, including Customer Information Systems (CIS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), O u t a g e M a n a g e m e n t Sys t e m s ( O M S ) , Wo r k Management System (WMS), Mobile Workforce Management (MWM), SCADA/DMS, Distribution Automation System (DAS), etc. Standardization: Interoperability standards need to be defined, which set uniform requirements for AMI technology, deployment and general operations and are the keys to successfully connecting and maintaining an AMI-based grid system.

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Smart Grid Gyan (Contd...) AMI in the Indian Context Modernizing India's grid system by investing in AMI promises to mitigate a number of strains placed on the grid due to growing demand for electric, gas and water resources. In particular, AMI will improve three key features of India's grid system including: 1. System Reliability: AMI technology improves the distribution and overall reliability of electricity by enabling electricity distributors to identify and automatically respond to electric demand, which in turn minimizes power outages. 2. Energy Costs: Increased reliability and functionality, reduced power outages and streamlined billing operations will dramatically cut costs associated with providing and maintaining the grid, thereby significantly lowering electricity rates. 3. Electricity Theft: Power theft is a common problem in India. AMI systems that track energy usage will help monitor power almost in real time thus leading to increased system transparency.

Plenary Meeting of IEC PC 118

User side of Smart Grid technologies are undergoing a fast development such as smart home, smart community, smart building, smart industrial park, demand response, distributed energy resources, and electric vehicles. Standardization of various interfaces useful for these applications to communicate with the distribution facilities (grid-side) is the main objective of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Project Committee 118 (PC118). It was established in September 2011. PC118 comprises of two working groups namely, Working Group-1: Exchange interface between demand-side smart equipment and the grid, and Working Group2: Power demand response. PC118 presently has 17 participating countries (including India), and 8 observing countries. The 3rd plenary meeting of IEC PC118 was jointly hosted by ISGF and the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) from 3-5 March, 2014 in Bangalore, India. Over 30 international experts attended the meeting to deliberate on various key issues relevant to the development of standards. The Indian delegation consisted of 12 members representing various ISGF member organizations like BIS, Siemens, TCS, IIT Mumbai, IIT Hyderabad, ABB, Infosys, Renesas Electronics, IEEE etc. Key highlights of the meeting included completion of Technical Report (TR) on Smart Grid User Interface (SGUI), and the preparation of outline for a new Technical Specification (TS) document on SGUI. Members from Indian National Committee have also been invited to participate in the drafting of certain sections of the TS. Other key decisions were to establish external liaisons with Zigbee Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, ECHONET, SEP , OASIS, IEEE, openADR Alliance and other related organizations. The entire international delegation of PC118 unanimously appreciated the Indian hospitality for hosting this important international event.

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