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ISGAN Knowledge Exchange on Distributed Generation, Microgrids, and Smart Metering
ISGAN Knowledge Exchange on Distributed Generation, Microgrids, and Smart Metering Bangalore, India, 13-15 November 2017 - FREE EVENT 

Organized by the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with National Smart Grid Mission, Ministry of Power, Government of India.

Venue: Central Power Research Institute, Bangalore, India. 

In order to promote the mutual exchange of knowledge and experience between member countries, ISGAN is organizing a three-day international knowledge exchange for key stakeholders with expertise and experience related to distributed generation, microgrids, and smart metering. Decision-makers from the participating organisations and countries will brainstorm to identify ideas for best practices and approaches to quickly scale the deployment of smart metering and microgrids to enable rapid integration of distributed renewable energy resources, while maintaining reliable, cost-effective, and safe delivery of electricity services to a variety of consumer classes. 

Distributed generation, microgrids, and smart metering are essential aspects of smart grids. These two topics are of particular interest in the context of active customers with flexible demand and prosumers with local generation. India has very ambitious targets for deployment of smart metering, and expansion of local solar power generation is increasing rapidly. This makes India an attractive location for this event. 


Please confirm your interest in participating in the event to Magnus Olofsson (ISGAN KTP subtask lead and national expert for Sweden in ISGAN Annex 2)  

Please indicate your specific expertise and interest in regard to distributed generation, microgrids/smart metering and include a copy of your CV noting relevant experience.


Monday 13 November 2017: Networking site visit and briefing

Site visit to the Mysore Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC Mysore) Smart Grid Project and briefing for international participants on deployment of smart grid technologies in India. CESC Mysore has deployed Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and the pilot project objectives include reduction of aggregated technical and commercial losses, peak load management, outage management, and distribution transformer failure reduction.

Tuesday 14 November 2017: Public conference and networking dinner 

Brief presentations and panel discussions on best practices for managing smart metering, as well as distributed generation and microgrids, to highlight national experiences and share key learnings. The conference discussions will be based broadly on the following topics: 

Smart metering/AMI

• Regulatory perspective for implementing AMI for demand-side management and distributed generation 

• Experience of various communication technologies for large scale rollout interoperability and performance levels

• Steps to mitigate cybersecurity challenges

• Information and communications technology architecture and effective data management to enable multi party analysis

• Data handling in the distribution sector for operational efficiency, planning efficiency, and decision making

• Implementation challenges for AMI success

• Tariff as enabler of AMI/load management and consumer participation

Best practices for managing distributed generation and microgrids

• Role of the distribution system operator for rooftop generation management

• Change in distribution grid protection requirements: 

o Voltage regulations – for managing rooftop photovoltaic

o Limit on capacity allowed per distribution transformer for rooftops

o Measurement and management of total harmonic distortion

• Standards for grid-connected and hybrid/smart inverters

• Use of household inverter as storage – managing distributed storage • Tariff structures for managing distributed generation


The networking dinner is for the public-sector participants who will engage in the knowledge exchange workshop the following day.


Wednesday 15 November 2017: Interactive knowledge exchange workshop 

Interactive, structured, and facilitated peer-to-peer dialogue designed to explore and exchange knowledge, experiences, and plans related to the deployment of smart metering infrastructure, as well as distributed generation and microgrids in different ISGAN countries. The workshop will be very informal and have a strong learning focus; the objective is to stimulate a needsbased dialogue regarding pathways and technology choices for these key aspects of the smart grid. The workshop is exclusive to government-affiliated organizations and select experts (i.e., no technology providers).

The full event programme applies to participants from the public sector and invited experts only. Stakeholders from the private sector are invited to participate in the public conference on 14 November. 

About ISGAN:

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) is a mechanism for multilateral government-to-government collaboration to advance the development and deployment of smarter electric grid technologies, practices, and systems. It aims to improve the understanding of smart grid technologies, practices, and systems, and to promote adoption of related enabling government policies. ISGAN is a Clean Energy Ministerial Initiative. 

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