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Alstom T&D India has been selected to lead the smart grid pilot project by Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd, a company release said.

This pilot project will be located at the Kala Amb industrial area of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India and will serve over 1,500 consumers. This will be the second out of 14 projects under the Ministry of Power’s flagship ‘Smart Grid Pilot’ programme. The Kala Amb smart grid pilot project will act as a proof of concept to further strengthen the information technology system in place, to make the distribution grid cost-effective, responsive and better engineered for reliability and self-healing operations.

Alstom will design, develop and implement an integrated set of smart grid applications targeting power quality issues, managing peak demand, power outages and limiting violations at distribution network nodes. Alstom’s solution will be based on its e-terradistribution 3.0, a fully Integrated Distribution Management System. The e-terradistribution 3.0 is the industry’s first completely integrated and most advanced suite of SCADA, Distribution Management System (DMS), and Outage Management System (OMS) applications. Alstom will lead this project along with Genus Power Infrastructure Ltd and a few other OEM equipment suppliers.

Rathin Basu, Managing Director, Alstom T&D India, said, “Alstom is pleased to be the recipient of the second smart grid pilot project in the country. Over the last 15 years, the company has been delivering large scale smart gird projects for India’s national grid through Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. In addition, the company has delivered several distribution projects for the state distribution system operators. Currently, Alstom is delivering NTAMC1 and URTDSM2 projects for Power Grid which will have advance smart technological solutions for the transmission grid. Alstom is constantly striving to make the power grid more efficient, smart and reliable by participating in such innovative projects.”

According to Alstom, the smart grid solution aims to enhance the monitoring and automation of two distribution substations feeding Kala Amb. It will collect data from a new installed smart metering infrastructure and grid sensors, including power transformer condition monitoring. The platform will seamlessly exchange the business analytics with the existing utility consumer portal and enable the state regulator to make suitable adjustments in tariff and other regulations. The project aims to save millions of dollars annually in reduced demand charges, defer new generation construction and reduce peak-priced energy purchases.

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