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  • Significant changes are disrupting the traditional business models of power generation, supply and distribution, compelling utilities to adapt and innovate rapidly. These changes are being driven by factors such as ageing networks, newer forms of generation, greater environmental demands, multi-directional energy flow, new customer expectations, falling costs of renewable energy resources and proliferation of e-vehicles

  • The integration of IT and OT solutions across the value chain is thus becoming essential for utilities to remain relevant and economical. For generation facilities, IT-OT can help reduce unplanned downtime and optimise plant maintenance. For transcos, leveraging technology can enable real-time decision making, besides making the grid more intelligent and flexible. On the distribution side, utilities can simultaneously lower losses, increase revenues and improve customer interface through IT-OT solutions

  • While private utilities have been at the forefront of adopting new technologies, the state discoms receive significant support from the government through flagship schemes, such as the IPDS (including the erstwhile R-APDRP), the DDUGJY and the National Smart Grid Mission, to deploy new technologies. SCADA, DMS, AMI, OMS, ERP, feeder monitoring, GIS and a host of other new smart grid technologies are being introduced by utilities in pilots and towns covered under these programmes<

  • At the heart of the technology transition in the distribution segment are AMI and smart metering solutions. In fact, the next few years are expected to see stronger commitments by state utilities for deploying smart meters as it has been made mandatory under the revised National Tariff Policy and UDAY. That said, challenges such as huge investment requirements and limited broadband connectivity could impact progress

  • Another key area of interest for utilities is deploying solutions that enable real-time, remote control or predictive maintenance to extend the life cycle or operating efficiency of assets. Utilities are also slowly warming up to the adoption of new and emerging technologies such as IoT, big data and cloud as digital transformation gains momentum.

  • The transmission segment is also steadily making its way up the technology curve. The transmission grid is witnessing the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies such as wide area monitoring systems based on phasor measurement units at the central level. At the state level, transcos are adopting and investing in solutions for e-procurement, data centres, disaster recovery systems, as well as in improved communication and renewable forecasting technologies, to modernise their networks

  • However, as utilities move towards greater digitalisation of their critical infrastructure, they are adding more internet protocol gateways and other data delivery elements to their networks, thus increasing their susceptibility to attacks. Thus, it is important to design and build cyber security solutions

  • The mission of this conference is to highlight the most promising IT and OT solutions, examine their potential and relevance in the Indian power sector, and discuss the key issues and challenges in their deployment and convergence. The conference will also showcase noteworthy applications, innovative projects and best practices across all segments - generation, transmission and distribution. It will provide an excellent forum for all stakeholders - power utilities, technology providers, system integrators and equipment manufacturers - to share their experience and exchange views

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