New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- September 13, 2013 - A Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India has been launched calling for a nationwide rollout of smart grids by 2027.

This would follow a set of integrated technology pilots by 2015, followed by full rollout of smart grids in the pilot project areas by 2017 and in major urban areas by 2022. It would also be accompanied by a phased national AMI rollout for all consumers, starting with consumers with load >20 kW by 2017 and 3-phase consumers by 2022.

The Roadmap was drafted for the Ministry of Power by the India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF) and India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), and covers the 12th, 13th and 14th 5-year plan periods from 2012 to 2027.

The vision is to: “Transform the Indian power sector into a secure, adaptive, sustainable and digitally enabled ecosystem that provides reliable and quality energy for all with active participation of stakeholders.”

According to the roadmap every global driver for smart grids applies to India, but India also has additional drivers in the short term. These include the need to rapidly grow the power system to meet the growing demand with 230 GW of installed capacity currently and potential demand as high as 900 GW by 2032, aggressive renewable generation and electric vehicle programs, and the continuing high levels of losses in the power system.

Some of the key targets proposed include:

  • Electrification of all households with power available for at least 8 hours per day by 2017
  • Reduction of the aggregated technical and commercial losses to below 10 percent by 2027
  • Dynamic tariffs and mandatory demand response programs for select categories of consumers by 2017
  • Microgrids in 20,000 villages/industrial parks/commercial hubs by 2027
  • Phasor measurement units across the entire transmission system by 2017
  • EV charging stations in all urban areas and along all state and national highways by 2027.

In order to implement the Roadmap and drive smart grid development in India it is proposed to launch in 2014 a National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM), which would define the detailed implementation plans and formulate projects, funding arrangements, resource requirements, etc. The NSGM would be supported by two bodies – a National Board for Smart Grids (NBSG) under the Ministry of Power, which would have advisory and oversee roles, and a multi-stakeholder body, which would provide input to the NSGM Secretariat and NBSG. These two bodies could be filled respectively by the ISGTF and ISGF.