New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- February 28, 2013 - The India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) has initiated steps to bring the Green Button concept to India and is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy to set up a Green Button center of excellence and certifying agency at the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai.

The Forum is also working with the Ministry of Power and the state distribution companies for R-APDRP data to be obtainable in Green Button format.

This is one of a number of initiatives that the Forum is involved in to accelerate the development of smart grids in India that are highlighted in its first year progress report.

Among the activities in 2012 the Forum devoted effort to setting up its operational modus operandi, including the establishment of the secretariat, constitution of 10 working groups, and working relationships with relevant national, regional and international organizations. A draft smart grid vision and roadmap was drafted and input was provided on several issues to the Ministry of Power. The Forum also worked with the Maharashtra State Regulatory Commission to launch a Maharashtra Smart Grid Coordination Committee involving stakeholders in the state.

On the standards front the Forum has worked with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to join IEC- PC 118 as a primary member so that Indian experts will be in the forefront of global standards development. Five experts are currently being recruited to work fulltime on standards development, and Forum members have been invited to nominate employees who could work from 3-5 years.

Other initiatives under way that are continuing during 2013 include:

  • Setting up an EV test bed in IIT-Delhi and joint research programs in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Setting up a smart grid test bed within the Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Power, India Smart Grid Task Force and CPRI
  • Setting up a center of excellence for cybersecurity at the International Institute of Information Technology – Bangalore in collaboration with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI)
  • Collaborations with USTDA and NEDO on smart grid consulting projects
  • Development of EV policies and infrastructure in collaboration the National Electric Mobility Board (NBEM)
  • Development of a smart metering rollout plan
  • Development of capacity building programs in collaboration with various educational bodies
  • Development of state smart grid roadmaps and projects in collaboration with state regulatory commissions and utilities.

The ISGF is a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Power and industry stakeholders. The chairman is Sanjeev Kumar, Director Distribution in the Ministry of Power, and the president and CEO is Reji Kumar Pillai.