New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- July 3, 2013 - A $692,000 grant agreement has been concluded between India’s Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to prepare a detailed planning and procurement document for the implementation of a smart grid test bed project at the Institute’s main campus in Bangalore.

The test bed will consist of an integrated interoperability laboratory and smart grid technology demonstration center, and will allow CPRI to research and perform controlled evaluations of a variety of integrated smart grid technologies.

The technical assistance will facilitate the adoption of smart grid pilot projects as well as the full-scale deployment of smart grid technologies where U.S. companies have competitive strengths across India’s power sector.

The grant was one of two energy sector grants concluded during the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi last month. At that event a contract was also concluded between Reliance Infrastructure Limited and Texas-based Innovari, Inc., for the development of a USTDA supported demand side management pilot project. The one-year project is aimed to demonstrate that the Mumbai utility can successfully deploy an advanced DSM system to manage peak demand with its commercial and industrial customers, and more efficiently utilize its electricity generation, transmission and distribution resources.