OpenADR Alliance expands into India

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The OpenADR Alliance formed a strategic relationship with the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), a public private partnership initiative India's Ministry of Power (MoP) created to accelerate the development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector.

The two organizations will work together to facilitate the adoption of Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) in India, helping utilities in the country better maintain grid reliability, while providing customers with demand response-enabled products delivering enhanced energy efficiency.

India operates the world's largest synchronous grids covering 3.28 million SqKM, 250 GW connected capacity and about 200 million consumers. However 40 percent of the population has no access to electricity and per capita consumption of electricity in India is one-fourth of world average. The country is seeing fragmented and independent Smart Grid endeavors by the national (Central) and local (State) governments, public-private collaborations, and private organizations, at different levels of maturity.

Nationally, the Indian Ministry of Power (MOP) is working toward major power sector reform, which includes revolutionizing the grid with bi-directional information exchange. For the systemic growth of the Smart Grid in the country, the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) and India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF) were set up under the aegis of the Ministry of Power. In 2013 Ministry of Power released Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India with the goal of transforming the entire Indian power system to smart grids over the next 15 years.

Demand response as a key demand-side management strategy provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional supply-side solutions to address growing electricity demands during times of peak load or when prices are high. [1]Currently, 14 Smart Grid pilot projects are under implementation by different state distribution utilities.

The peak-load management and advanced metering infrastructure will be implemented most of these pilot projects. With partnership with ISGF, OpenADR can be evaluated for applications within the Indian context and will play a key role in reducing the cost of technology enablement and aid with the interoperability and cyber-security.

OpenADR and ISGF will make recommendations to the government, regulators, utilities and consumers by conducting research on the capabilities of smart grids in the Indian context through case studies, cost-benefit analysis, study of technical advancements in renewable energy sources and other ancillary activities.

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