India is presently spearheading some of the largest transformation projects with technology interventions for building smart cities,renewable energy and power grid modernization. Honorable Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi has committed to provide 24x7reliable supply of electricity to all the citizens in the next 5 years. In order to achieve this noble objective several targeted programshave already been launched by Government of India which include: (1) DeenDayalUpadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana with an investmentof US$ 7 billion, (2) Integrated Power Development Scheme that covers 5000 towns with an investment of US$ 6 billion, (3) NorthEastern Regional Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP) with an investment of US$ 1 billion, (4) New RE Program with a target of 175 GW by 2022 and investment commitment of US$ 260 billion, (5) 100 Smart Cities and Rejuvenation of 500 towns where smartgrids will provide clean and sustainable energy, (6) National Mission on Electric Mobility with a target of 6-7 electric vehicles by 2022;and (7) National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) that will take up development of smart grids on fast track in coordination with the aboveprograms. Government of India is planning to roll out of 250 million Smart Meters in next 5-7 years.Besides on the policy side also several measures are taken to implement the above programs successfully. These include anAmendment to the Electricity Act 2003 (which is in the Parliament presently) that will usher in an era of retail competition inelectricity distribution; Model Smart Grid Regulations approved by the statutory body of Forum of Regulators, Indian Standards forSmart Meters (IS 16444 – 2015 & IS 15959 Part 2, 2016) issued by Bureau of Indian Standards; and Net Metering Policies in 25 States.
INDIA SMART GRID WEEK (ISGW 2017) is the third edition of the Conference cum Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities, organized by India Smart Grid Forum from 07-10 March 2016 at Manekshaw Centre, DhaulaKuan, New Delhi, India.ISGF is a public private partnership initiative of the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India with the mandate of accelerating smart griddeployments across the country. With 200+ members comprising of ministries, utilities, technology providers, academia and research,ISGF has evolved as a Think-Tank of global repute on Smart Grids and Smart Cities.