Smart Grid in Puducherry - A Reality

Smart Grid

Smart Grid is efficient, reliable and intelligent two way electricity and information delivery system from source to sink. The aim of smart grid is to make existing infrastructure more robust, reliable and efficient by using intelligent tools and technologies, encourage active demand side participation, enable better access to electricity, ensuring sustainability of supply through renewable integration, promoting green and clean environment and provide incentives for efficient production, transmission, distribution and consumption of electricity across the value chain of electricity.

Power Grid Corporation of India jointly with Electricity Department, Govt. of Puducherry, is developing smart grid pilot project at Puducherry through open collaboration. The project is being implemented with following objectives:
  • Indigenization of Technology
  • Common Information sharing platform
  • Scalable and replicable at other places
  • Shall help in demonstration of effectiveness of each functionality
  • Evolving policy advocacy, Regulations, etc. for successful implementation
  • Evolving commercial mechanism
Benefits of the Smart Grid:
Benefits to Utility Benefits to Consumer
  • Reduction in AT&C Losses
  • Increased Grid stability
  • Peak load management
  • Renewable integration
  • Self-healing grid
  • Reduced Capital & operational cost
  • Increased employee safety
  • Increased revenue
  • Higher customer satisfaction
  • Opportunities to leverage its resources and enter new markets
  • Increased asset utilization
  • Prosumer (Producer & Consumer) enablement
  • Improved quality of power supply
  • User friendly & transparent interface with utilities
  • Reduction in electricity bills by shifting loads from peak hours to non-peak hours
  • Opportunity to interact with the electricity markets through home area network and smart meter connectivity
  • Opportunity to purchase energy from clean resources, further creating a demand for the shift from a carbon-based to a “green economy”
Current Status
AMI
  • Smart Meters: 1658
  • DT Meters: 11 (Nos.)
  • Data Concentrator Units: 33

OMS
  • DTMU: 08 (Nos.)
  • FPI: 21 (Nos.)

PQM
  • LT Automatic power factor correction : 140 kvar

  • Street Lighting Automation: 126 (Nos.)
  • Virtual Demand Response
  • Electric Vehicle with Solar Charging Station
  • MicroGrid Controllers
  • Net Metering 3 (Nos.)

Highlights
  • 3rd Steering committee meeting: 21st September 2013
  • Pilot Control Center inaugurated: 19th October 2012
  • 2nd Steering committee meeting: 19th October 2012
  • 1st Steering committee meeting: 13th July 2012
  • 2nd Executive Committee meeting: 12th July 2012
  • 1st Executive Committee meeting: 17th March 2012
  • CEO Meeting for Pilot Project: 17th Feb 2012