The system, from generation to transmission to distribution and consumption ,needs to be robust, efficient and reliable,” says R.K. Chugh, vice-president and head, digital grid at Siemens. He has played a crucial role in diversifying smart grid products, systems and solutions across industries and utilities in the South Asian market in his current position.
Chugh is an electrical engineer from the Delhi College of Engineering and an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management. He has over three decades of experience across power sector verticals such as transmission and distribution, automation and drives, and smart grids. He is currently also an executive council member and director on the board of the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA), and represents IEEMA in the Power Sector Skills Council.
Chugh notes that several recent initiatives hold out hope for future growth in the sector. These include the headway in resolving coal mining challenges, large-scale renewable energy generation plans, and schemes like the UDAY.
Commenting on the key trends in the power sector, Chugh says, “With a resurgence in the discoms’ financial situation, they will be able to purchase more power, which will create strong demand for grid equipment to improve the grid. In the short term, utilities must build a strong foundation for a well-planned power delivery network. They will require better visibility and control over their network, leading to investments in new technologies such as advanced distribution management systems.”
Chugh has played a key role in setting up two state-of-the-art factories in Goa for smart grid energy automation and medium-voltage products. Under his leadership, these manufacturing facilities were seamlessly commissioned in a record time of 12 months. Looking back, Chugh recalls his most memorable assignment as his stint in product marketing and sales. This work called for a different approach, shifting from project orientation to products.
Chugh has a participative management style and believes in vesting confidence in his colleagues and building competency in his team. He allocates time prudently between his personal and work life. In his spare time, he likes to watch comedy movies and listen to Mohammad Rafi’s songs. He likes visiting hill stations. His family includes his wife and two children, both equipped with engineering and management qualification.