March 01, 2018

Tata Power Delhi Distribution and EDF France sign MoU to tap the potential in the Smart Grid sector in India

Will work towards promotion of European system digitalisation technology in Delhi that allows the construction of local energy communities using local solar generation units and the self-consumption approach

Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL), India’s pioneer power distribution company has joined hands with Électricité de France (EDF) and its wholly owned subsidiary Enedis (a French electric utility company responsible for the management and development of 95 percent of the electricity distribution network) to explore prospective opportunities together, related to Smart Grid Technology in India.

Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, TPDDL, and Marianne Laigneau, group senior executive vice president, in charge of the international division, EDF, signing the MoU at the TPDDL Smart Grid Lab

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations heading towards the goal of electricity development and smart sustainable city development by Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, TPDDL, and Marianne Laigneau group senior executive vice president, in charge of the international division, EDF.

As part of an ambitious and forward-looking program of smart grids and revamping the Indian Distribution sector, the Indian government has launched several schemes for development and re-development of the distribution network in addition to the Smart Cities Mission in June 2015. Smart cities and Smart Grid technologies are seen as a key to India's economic and social growth.

TPDDL and EDF shall be jointly demonstrating to help de-carbonize local energy systems and evaluate Smart Grid Technologies in India, using innovative solutions.

On signing of the MoU, Mr Sinha said, “As a leading power distribution company, Tata Power Delhi Distribution has introduced several firsts in the distribution sector and is passing on practical knowledge to others. The use of energy efficient technology is a unique and cost effective solution to optimize operational efficiency and provide better quality services at a lower cost. The collaboration with institution of repute like EDF paves the way for scientific and technical cooperation between the parties to recognize the great potential to join forces and leverage synergies for the benefit of society at large by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.”

Ms Laigneau said, “In this constantly shifting climate change scenario, there is a need to formulate innovative and efficient ways for electricity and smart sustainable city development by tapping the potential of Smart Grid technology in India. The MoU with Tata Power-DDL will definitely help us moving towards the goal of a healthier future.”