Smart Grid Projects

Overview and current status

Smart grids play an important role in reducing aggregate technical and commercial losses, managing the power demand curve, ensuring quality power supply and meeting the growing power demand. The Ministry of Power (MoP) along with the Smart Grid Task Force had shortlisted 14 smart grid pilot projects and one smart city research and development (R&D) platform that are currently under implementation at different geographical locations in India. Subsequently, two new projects were approved under the National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM), which was launched in May 2015.

Broadly, the functionalities under projects include advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), peak load management (PLM), outage management system (OMS), power quality (PQ), distributed generation (DG), microgrid (MG), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).

Power Line presents a brief overview of the status of these projects….

Pilot projects

Of the 14 smart grid pilot projects to be implemented by the different state-owned discoms under Phase 1 of the NSGM, nine have been awarded, one is under award and four have been cancelled.

Projects awarded

Assam Power Distribution Company Limited, Assam: The project covers the Guwahati distribution area with having 15,000 customers. The functionalities proposed to be adopted in the Rs 299.4 million project, (of which the central government’s contribution Rs 149.7 million) include AMI-residential (AMI-R), AMI-industrial (AMI-I), PLM, OMS, PQ and DG.

The first instalment of Rs 26.1 million has been released to the utility by the MoP. The consultant for the project is Medhaj Techno Concept Private Limited. The contract for executing the project has been awarded to a consortium headed by Phoenix IT Solutions Limited. Other developments include approval of the smart meter design and functional designs of applications to be installed as a part of the project. The project is likely to be completed by October 2016.

Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited, Haryana: The project covers the Panipat city subdivision with 11,000 consumers. The proposed functionalities for this project include AMI-I, AMI-R, PLM and OMS. The project is being executed with a grant from the Japanese government through the New Energy and Industry Technology Development Organisation, which awarded the contract for project execution to a consortium of Japanese companies led by Fuji Electric. The site survey for 14 feeders, and the award of contract for the supply of smart meters and data concentrator units (DCUs) have been done.  The project is likely to be completed by March 2017.

Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited, Himachal Pradesh: The project covers the Kala Amb industrial area with 1,251 consumers. Its functionalities include AMI-I, OMS, PLM and PQ. The approved cost of the project is Rs 194.5 million, including the central government’s contribution of Rs 163 million, of which Rs 24.3 million has been released). Powergrid Corporation of India Limited (Powergrid) is the consultant for the project and the contract for project execution has been awarded to Alstom T&D India. The installation of 1,100 smart meters has been completed and data from 300 meters is being monitored. The project is expected to be completed by September 2016.

Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Limited, Karnataka: The project covers an additional city area division in Mysore with around 21,824 consumers. Its functionalities include AMI-R, AMI-I, OMS, PLM and DG/MG. Its total approved cost is Rs 325.9 million, including the central government’s contribution of Rs 163 million (of which Rs 40.7 million has been released). The project consultant is Powergrid. The letter of intent (LoI) for project execution has been issued to Enzen Global Solutions Private Limited. A total of 450 smart meters, 41 DCUs and 81 modems have already been installed.

Electricity Department, Government of Puducherry: The project covers Division I of Puducherry with 34,000 consumers. Its functionalities include AMI-R and AMI-I. The total approved cost is Rs 461.1 million, of which the central government’s contribution is Rs 230.6 million. The project consultant is Powergrid. The Puducherry government will fund 50 per cent of the project cost. The LoI for the project was issued to Dongfang Electronics Company Limited in March 2016.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Punjab: The project covers the Tech-11 subdivision of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar with 2,734 customers. Its functionalities include AMI-R, AMI-R and PLM. The project consultant is Powergrid. The project entails a total approved cost of Rs 101.1 million, the central government’s contribution being Rs 50.6 million (of which Rs 8.9 million has been released). A Rs 81.7 million contract for the project was awarded to Kalkitech in March 2015. Other developments include completion of the consumer survey in the project area and approval of project design documents. The project is likely to be completed by October 2016.

Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited, Telangana: The project covers the Jeedimetla industrial area with 11,904 customers. Its functionalities include AMI-R, AMI-I, PLM, OMS and PQ. The total approved cost of the project is Rs 418.2 million, of which the central government’s contribution is Rs 209.1 million. The project consultant is the Central Power Research Institute. The LoI for executing the project was issued to Electronics Corporation of India Limited in October 2015. Other developments include completion of the domestic feeder project area survey by the Smart Grid Implementing Agency. The project is likely to be completed by March 2017.

Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited, Tripura: This project covers Electrical Division I, Agartala, with 42,676 consumers. Its functionalities include AMI-R, AMI-I and PLM. The project’s total approved cost is Rs 634.3 million, of which the central government’s contribution is Rs 317.2 million. Powergrid is the consultant for the project. A Rs 808 million contract for executing the project has been awarded to Wipro Limited. Other developments include completion of the project site survey, approval of engineering documents, and setting up of the control centre building.  The project is likely to be completed by March 2017.

West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, West Bengal: The project covers Siliguri in Darjeeling with 5,275 consumers. Its functionalities include AMI-R, AMI-I and PLM. Its total approved cost is Rs 70.3 million, of which the central government’s contribution is Rs 35.2 million. The government has already released Rs 8.79 million. A contract of Rs 81 million for executing the project has been awarded to Chemtrols Industries Private Limited. The project consultant is Powergrid. Other developments include completion of the site survey and approval of the design for smart meters and DCUs.  The project is likely to be completed by January 2017.

Projects under award

Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited, Gujarat: The pilot project proposes covering 20,524 consumers in Naroda and 18,898 agricultural unmetered consumers in the  Deesa II division and accounting for input energy of around 1,700 MUs. Its functionalities include AMI-R, AMI-I, OMS, PLM and PQ. The project entails an approved cost of Rs 827 million, of which the central government’s support is Rs 413.5 million. The project consultant is the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute. In November 2015, the discom has however, stated that the scope of the project would be confined to Naroda only. The tender for the project was floated in May 2016.

Cancelled

Four smart grid pilot projects – Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited; Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL); Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, Rajasthan; and the Kerala State Electricity Board – have been cancelled.

Smart city R&D platform

The project aims to develop a smart city prototype and R&D platform for smart distribution systems and demonstrates the future capabilities of a smart city. The project entails setting up a smart grid at the smart city pilot at IIT Kanpur. The project area includes three substations for implementing substation automation and residential flats for the implementation of the smart home system. The smart grid project entails an approved cost of Rs 125 million, including the government support of Rs 62.5 million (of which Rs 46.9 million has been released). Other developments under the project include completion of the project site survey and the award of the contract for setting up of the SCADA system, etc.  The project is likely to be completed by September 2017.

Projects under NSGM

Meanwhile, under the NSGM, two smart grid projects are being developed in Chandigarh and Maharashtra. These projects were approved in April 2016.

Chandiagrh Electricity Department, Chandigarh: The project covers Sub-division 5 in Chandigarh with 29,433 consumers. Its entails an approved cost of Rs 285.8 million, including the government support of Rs 86 million. The functionalities under the project include AMI, distribution transformer monitoring, substation automation, rooftop solar PV, and information technology infrastructure. A state-level project management unit (SLPMU) has been established at Chandigarh.

MSEDCL, Maharashtra: The project covers Amravati town in Maharashtra with 148,495 consumers. It entails an approved cost of Rs 900.5 billion, including the government support of Rs 270.2 million. The functionalities under the project include AMI, OMS and DR. The request for proposal for the project is under approval, and setting up of the SLPMU is under way.

Other projects

Another smart grid project that is being undertaken by Powergrid is the setting up of a Smart Grid Knowledge Centre at Manesar, Haryana. The project entails an approved cost of Rs 98 million, which will be provided by the government. It includes functionalities such as AMI, OMS, MG/DG, electronic vehicles with charging infrastructure, home energy management system (HEMS), cyber-security with threat management and training infrastructure. Currently, the knowledge centre building is under construction. Meanwhile, contracts for setting up HEMS, workstations/training room hardware, etc. have been awarded.

Conclusion

Net net, the smart grid projects are progressing well. Moreover, setting up new projects under the NSGM is a step in the right direction to ensure widespread coverage of benefits of the smart grids.

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