Forum of Indian Regulators in June 2015 approved the Model Smart Grid Regulations and it becomes necessary to educate the Regulators, Policy Makers and staff on the practical benefits, costs, and implementation challenges of Smart Grid programs for the different electric utilities serving the India. Considering this and based on feedback received during 9 workshops which were conducted by ISGF along with CEA in all 5 regions, ISGF has formulated a five-day course for regulators to delve deep into the key areas of a smart grid where the electricity regulators will have to play a vital role in forming a regulatory framework for the future.
The inaugural session of ISGW 2016 began with a short video on the importance and relevance of smart grids for India. The video highlighted the country's huge potential for the development and deployment of smart grid technologies. This was followed by a welcome address by Mr Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum. A brief on the event was provided by the Chairman of the Technical Committee of ISGW 2016, Mr Richard Schomberg, Vice-President Smart Energy Standards, Electricite de France (EDF) and Smart Grid Chair, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The session featured special addresses by Mr Chris Hickman, CEO and President, Innovari, Inc.; Mr Henry Steingass, Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia, US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA); H.E. AapoPolho, Ambassador of Finland to India and Bangladesh; H.E. Harald Sandberg, Ambassador of Sweden to India; Sir David King, Special Adviser to the UK Government on Climate Change; Dr Amory Lovins, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute; Mr Alok Joshi, Chairman, National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO); and Ms Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).Main goals of this foundation course are:
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