US helps BESCOM's smart grid effort

The United States Trade Development Authority on Monday provided a US$ 453,350 (Rs 2.04 crore) grant to the BESCOM to conduct a feasibility study to develop requirements and specifications for a smart grid implementation plan.

The plan would advance the latter’s efforts to meet the challenge of growing demand for energy from its diverse customer base.

The BESCOM’s project is ultimately aimed at integration of smart meters and automated meter reading into its distribution system.

The US Embassy’s Minister-Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs, Blair Hall, on Monday conferred a grant of US$453,350 (Rs 2.04 crore) on behalf of the USTDA.

A press-release issued by the US Embassy in New Delhi said that the grant would help the BESCOM “to revamp its system using the best available technologies to improve quality, reliability, and efficiency”.

The USTDA’s grant to the BESCOM came as part of Partnership to Advance Clean Energy or PACE, which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and American President Barack Obama announced in 2009, to expanding cooperation in the fields of clean energy and energy efficiency.

A spokesman of the US Embassy said that the PACE initiative encouraged joint efforts to accelerate deployment of efficiency and clean energy applications and smart grid development.

The USTDA, according to the press-release, is an agency of the US government that helps companies create jobs through the export of goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.

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