The US Trade and Development Industry (USTDA) have awarded a grant of $450,000 to Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL, India central transmission utility) for a smart grid (~ referred as “Super Grid“) project to control electric power on the grid in real time, accommodate renewable energy generation and reduce transmission losses.
In India, fourteen (14) Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) have been commissioned as on 31st May 2012. In the Northern Region, the PMUs have been placed at nine 400 kV substations viz. Vindhyachal (HVDC back-to-back station), Kanpur (with SVC), Dadri (HVDC inverter terminal), Moga, Kishenpur, Agra, Bassi, Hisar and Karcham Wangtoo. In Western Region PMUs have been placed at two 400 kV substations viz. Raipur and Bhadravati. In Southern Region, they have been placed at three 400 kV substations viz. Salem, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The three Phasor Data Concentrators (PDC) have been installed at the respective Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDCs) located in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Placement of PMUs/PDCs at few more locations in India has been envisaged under the pilot projects taken up by the RLDCs. The WAMS in Western and Southern Region are demonstration projects, while in the Northern Region the expenditure under the pilot project was approved by the Honourable Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) and funded from the Unscheduled Interchange Pool Account.