GOI to set up Smart Meter Task Force
Mr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Government of India and Chairman, Indian Smart Grid Task Force, revealed at the inaugural session of Gridweek Asia 2012 that the government is planning to set up ‘Smart Meter Task Force’ that will look into modernizing primitive ways of calculating power usage. “It is amazing to see how India, which is a super power in information technology, lags terribly in the power sector. It is really annoying to see our primitive ways of providing power – be it evacuation, grids, meters or even the way we manually calculate power consumption till date. All this has to change and it will change, for this decade has been declared by the government as the ‘Decade of Innovation’,” said Mr. Pitroda. According to him, the government has set up US $ 1 billion venture fund to foster ‘innovation’ across sectors and states.
“We have set up a National Innovation Center that will oversee state innovation centers and 100 sectoral innovation houses. All these efforts beautifully tie-up into the Smart Grids. Today, I personally think that power is our biggest bottleneck for 8 percent GDP growth. It is a larger challenge that many of us don’t realize considering that power has to reach to the bottom of the pyramid and that too cheap power. Only Smart Grids – that too India specific model of Smart Grids – can solve our problems. The western model is not scalable, affordable and workable,” he added.