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India's first smart grid in Electronics City
India's first smart grid to be built at a cost of over Rs 100 crore will become operational in the Eletronic city, housing major IT and other electronic companies such as Infosys and Wipro, over the next two years.
The pilot project taken up by the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) with USAID acting as a technical consultant will enable the distribution utility to serve customers through digital technology saving energy, besides reducing cost and increase reliability.
Initially BESCOM had selected five sites for implementation of the project. Besides Electronics city other areas included Peenya Industrial Area, busy commercial area Brigade Road/MG Road, EPIP Whitefield and Rajajinagar Industrial estate. Central Power Research Institute which acted as a national consultant zeroed in on Electronics city for the project.
To be funded by an US agency, the proposal has been sent to the Central Government for final clearance, BESCOM Managing Director P Manivannan told UNI.
He said based on the success of the project, the smart grid technology would be introduced in other areas in a phased manner with public-private partnership. Many private sector vendors and service providers have expressed desire to participate in the pilot project.
He said Bangalore was the best place to test the smart grid technology in the country as the platform was being created through implementation of SCADA in transmission by the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation and the Distribution Automation System introduced by BESCOM in 11 KV transmission lines.