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USTDA Smart Grid Feasibility Study Opportunity in India


8/19/2011 9:09 AM

BACKGROUND SUMMARY

North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) is a joint venture between Tata Power Company and the Government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, with the majority stake being held by Tata Power. It distributes electricity in the north and northwest parts of Delhi and serves a population of about 5,000,000. The company started operations on July 1, 2002, after the unbundling of the previously established Delhi Vidyut Board. With a registered customer base of around 1,200,000 and a peak load of around 1401 MW, the company provides electric service throughout an area of 510 square kilometers.

NDPL has been the frontrunner in implementing power distribution reforms in the capital city and is acknowledged for its implementation of advanced distribution system technologies and best practices. Since privatization, the aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses in the NDPL service area have shown a record decline. Today they stand at about 13.25%, which is a significant reduction from a previous loss level of 54%. This decrease in loss levels and a subsequent increase in the reliability of the network have been made possible by the efforts of NDPL to incorporate new technologies and innovative systems into its distribution framework.

Increasing demand for electricity and energy resource constraints at the global level have prompted the need for significant improvements in the efficiency of the power sector. The ability to connect renewable energy resources and distributed generation systems as part of a total power delivery mechanism, and use of electricity in the most efficient way based on demand-side management concepts, are critical parts of the Smart Grid concept. The vision of a Smart Grid is gaining credibility from pilot projects being implemented in several different European and U.S. utilities. NDPL wants to be a front runner in implementing the Smart Grid vision in India.

The proposed project has been identified by NDPL as a top priority and is designed to improve the efficiency and reliability of its one-million customer distribution system and to help provide application models for other distribution networks in India. The Feasibility Study would develop requirements and specifications for a smart grid implementation roadmap for NDPL and would address a range of improvements and investments including integrating smart meters and automated meter reading into NDPL's distribution system as well as greater system integration with distributed generators and other smart grid applications.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $686,447 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee (NDPL) by 4:00 PM local time in India, September 30, 2011 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

Source: U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)