India will soon have a modern and smart power transmission system with features such as real-time monitoring and automated operation of the grid, better situational assessment, capability to have increased share of renewable capacity in the power-mix, enhanced utilization of transmission capacity, greater resilience against cyber-attacks as well as natural disasters, centralized and data driven decision-making, reduction in forced outages through self-correcting systems etc.
These and other recommendations are parts of a report of a task-force, which was set up by the Power Ministry in Sep, 2021 under the Chairmanship of CMD, POWERGRID to suggest ways for modernization of Transmission Sector and making it smart & future ready. The other members of the task-force included representatives from State Transmission Utilities, CEA, CTUIL, MeiTY, IIT Kanpur, NSGPMU and EPTA.
The report of the committee has been accepted by the government after deliberations chaired by Union Power & NRE Minister R. K. Singh. Singh has said that a fully automated, digitally controlled, fast responsive grid, which is resilient to cyber-attacks and natural disasters is the need of the hour. He has said that such a system should ensure isolation of specific areas in case of any contingency, so as to protect the grid and prevent larger outages. The Task force in its report has recommended a bouquet of technological and digital solutions which can be adopted to make the state transmission grids future ready.