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National Smart Grid Mission: States told to submit plans


  • Power Grid Corporation is preparing to award the country’s first technology trial for grid connected energy storage.
  • The Centre has invited proposals from states on setting up two-three smart grid systems in proposed smart cities in each state as part of the National Smart Grid Mission.
  • India Smart Grid Forum is a body floated jointly by the power ministry and the industry.
  • If successfully implemented, the smart grid project will bring down disruption in power lines, reduce equipment failure and minimise distribution losses as well as illegal drawl of power.
  • The second phase of the mission involves smart grid projects in smart cities.
  • Under the first phase the Centre approved 14 projects.
  •  India is also planning to test massive power storage systems.While such projects essentially involve installing large batteries that can store a few megawatts of power, it has never been tried in the country before.
  • Large fluctuations in power flow in the grid can collapse the grid and bring thermal power capacities to half, leading to largescale blackouts.

Source: ET

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