The Indian Electricity Infrastructure is going through a paradigm shift in the wake of Global Initiatives in the fields of Energy Security, Renewable Energies, Smart Grids, Energy Efficiency etc., in order to make our planet Earth Green and Sustainable.

Electric utilities now find themselves making three classes of transformations: improvement of infrastructure, also called the strong grid; addition of the digital layer, which is the essence of the smart grid; and business process transformation, necessary to capitalize on the investments in smart technology.

IEEMA Smart Grid Division, IEEMA’s initiative towards a resilient, sustainable and secure Electricity infrastructure…

Mission –

Enabling Indian Electricity infrastructure to become resilient, sustainable and secure…

The relevance – IEEMA’s membership base comprehensively covers the multitude of different aspects of the Smart Grid paradigm. IEEMA has been major contributing stakeholder and partner in the Indian electricity ecosystem growth story for more than last six decades and, is in sync with the ground realities of electricity infrastructure deployments. IEEMA Smart Grid division members have extensive pool of Individual and organizational competencies, knowledge base and understanding of Indian Power Systems and Utilities.

IEEMA’s perspective – IEEMA views Smart grid as an integral yet one of the most critical components of a nation wide Integrated Smart Infrastructure. Thus, it believes that its architecture and the framework must not be considered or designed in isolation; rather it must form an integral part of the structured, Nation wide Homogeneous Framework and architecture defined and harmonized to the finest granularity. It must take into consideration the implications of other concurrent infrastructures and/or services running for the consumers/stakeholders to optimize the Life Cycle (Total) cost of all the infrastructures for a given geographical territory.

To ensure a comprehensive and structured deployment of nation wide smart grid infrastructure, it’s Imperatives to address the current challenges like ‘energy security’, ‘Electricity for all’, and ‘financial health of distribution utilities’ along with ‘Modernization of the Grid’ in a holistic and sustainable manner.

Objective – IEEMA Smart Grid division by virtue of its comprehensive members base covering the whole spectrum of the electricity infrastructure is uniquely positioned to support, advise and hand hold the government and utilities in their endeavors to implement their restructuring, modernization and up gradation plans. IEEMA Smart Grid division has taken upon itself to proactively support and enable the various government departments, ministries, utilities and other interested stakeholders to implement various relevant initiatives like IPDS, DDUGJY, NSGM, NMEEE, NSM, NEMM.

Action Plan – To support the utilities and the government in their respective smart grid initiatives IEEMA Smart Grid division has formed Focus Groups in critical areas, which need immediate co-operation amongst the various stakeholders to enable realization of Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap of Ministry of Power. The goal is to reach out to all the direct and indirect stakeholders in various government departments, research and academic institutions, industry associations, regulators and standards developing organizations to have inclusive deliberations and actionable insights to resolving the various challenges being faced by all the stakeholders in their respective endeavors to make our nation ‘smart green & secure’. Initial few Focus Groups:

• Smart Grid Architecture and Framework FG
• Smart Grid Interoperability, Standards and Harmonization FG
• Unified Communication Architecture FG
• Network and Cyber Security FG
• Grid Automation and Resilience FG
• Renewable Integration FG
• Energy Efficiency FG
• Electric mobility FG
• Policy and Regulations FG
• People, Processes and Systems FG
• New challenges FG