March 06, 2018

USTDA supports Tata Power Delhi Distribution with grant to explore and develop opportunities in areas of renewable energy and distributed energy resources solutions

  • Signs Grant Agreement of the sidelines of India Smart Grid Week 2018
  • The move supports India-US collaboration on Smart Grid development

US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has extend its support to Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) with grant to explore and develop opportunities in the areas of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as integration of rooftop solar, energy storage systems, energy, active demand response and electric vehicles. The grant agreement was signed by Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, TPDDL, and Heather K Lanigan, country manager, South Asia, USTDA, on the sidelines of India Smart Grid Week 2018 in New Delhi. The move is in line with India-US collaboration on smart grid development.

Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, TPDDL, and Heather K Lanigan, country manager, South Asia, USTDA, signing the MoU at the ISGW 2018

The grant, which is part of the second phase of technical assistance, will help TPDDL evaluate different combinations of distributed energy resources that it could implement to improve its electric grid. Tata TPDDL and USTDA are working as long-time partners for implementation of new technologies in power distribution in India.

TPDDL and USTDA have selected Energy + Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3, San Francisco, CA), which carried out the first phase, to assess the costs benefits of the DERs and come up with an optimal set of solutions.

On signing the MoU, Mr Sinha said, “We have a very long association with USTDA to jointly develop business case for implementation of new technologies in power distribution in India. One more addition to this association is the present agreement with USTDA which will focus on optimal usage of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) so as to provide overall network and grid efficiency, grid stability and load optimisation by using more off the edge grid solutions. This will help the country to induct new technology and solutions towards penetration of renewable energy and DER solutions.”

Henry Steingass, USTDA’s regional director for South and Southeast Asia, said, “USTDA is pleased to continue its decades-long engagement with Tata Power DDL on a project that will further modernize their electric grid, as well as find ways to integrate new, innovative technologies into its existing operations.”