In the Middle East, major utility Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has signed a deal with Mumbai-based Avantha Group Company CG for smart grid substation automation technology.
CG's Spanish-based subsidiary ZIV will supply feeder protections, transformer differential protections, transformer voltage regulators and teleprotection systems.
CG was also recently selected as SEC's main supplier of three phase smart meters for its smart grid systems deployment and has also provided Voltage Sensors for MV automation.
SEC serves approximately five million customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is seen as a technical leader in the region.
The utility's definition of smart grid systems will determine how other strategies will develop in the area, CG said in a statement.
CG and SEC have worked together since 2008 with orders totally over US$8 million since 2014 for automation products.
Standards for smart grid systems
Meanwhile, in other smart grid news, US technology promotion organisation IEEE Standards Association has signed an agreement with its Indian counterpart in a bid to broaden the export appeal of its smart grid technology.
The Bureau of Indian Standards said it will adopt IEEE protocols alongside its existing use of the International Organization for Standardisation and International Electrotechnical Commission benchmarks.
In a joint statement, the pair said that the MoU signed this week also envisages future cooperation between the Bureau of Indian Standards and IEEE on emerging areas like smart grid systems, power quality, information and communication tools, cloud computing, and low-voltage direct current.
The show of commitment to smart grid systems technology follows the Indian government in May 2015 approving the creation of a national smart grid organisation that will see the country investing US$210 million (Rs.980 crore) into planning, monitoring and implementing grid modernization up until 2017.