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Monday, December 19, 2011
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India—The Next Smart Grid Frontier: NEMA Endorses GridWeek Asia as a Venue to Explore Smart Grid Opportunities in India and Asia
by Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events

India has been referred to as a "Smart Grid pilot incubator", and it’s pretty clear why. As an emerging economic powerhouse, India is third in the world for Smart Grid investment, and spending on Smart Grid alone is anticipated to increase from $1.1 billion today to $1.9 billion by 2015, according to Zpryme Research & Consulting.

While India’s GDP grew 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the previous quarter—far exceeding U.S. GDP growth of two percent during that same period—there are still more than 400 million people without power in the country. Given average transmission line losses of 50 percent, the prevalence of energy theft, and the fact that peak demand often exceeds supply by seven to eleven percent, the need for a modernized "Smart Grid" is unquestionable.

To help stimulate economic growth, the Indian government is pouring money and human resources into the modernization and development of India’s electrical infrastructure—with the Ministry of Power’s (MoP) recent creation of the Smart Grid Task Force and the commitment to invest billions into the power grid.

"Smart Grid is not a luxury in India, it’s a necessity," said Mr. P. Uma Shankar, India’s Secretary of Power, at GridWeek 2011.

In many ways, India gets to build a Smart Grid from scratch, and it’s looking to technology experts, consultants, and energy companies in the U.S. and abroad to help make that transition.

Focused on regional infrastructure opportunities, the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) is keen to foster strategic partnerships among U.S., Indian, and Asian companies to begin developing a modernized grid.

With this in mind, IEEMA has partnered with Clasma Events to organize GridWeek Asia, which is located within the largest T&D trade show in the world, ELECRAMA 2012. The event expects to attract 125,000 attendees in Mumbai, India, January 16-18, 2012.

A content-rich conference, GridWeek Asia will cover Smart Grid issues and opportunities related to:

  • Building Smart Grid capabilities in developing regions
  • Supplying electricity to meet rapidly increasing energy demand
  • Driving efficiency and demand response programs
  • Integrating clean, renewable power
  • Facilitating economic and open trade—including tips for conducting business in India

Companies, consultants, and media should not miss this opportunity to learn about Smart Grid opportunities in the emerging economic and Smart Grid powerhouse that is India. www.GridAsia.com.

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