India is projected to invest $44.9bn in smart metering, distribution automation, battery storage and other smart grid market segments over the next decade. This investment will help to reduce the country's staggering 22.7% transmission and distribution loss rate.
India represents what is arguably the best smart grid market opportunity among all emerging market countries. It has the second largest electricity customer market size in the world. Unlike China, which has the largest, the Indian market will be open to international vendors, as stated in the central government's smart grid development strategy. This will create very significant market opportunities for the leading global players. Vendors from across Europe, North America, and Asia have already participated in small-scale pilots and grid upgrade projects, and have been linked with announcements of large-scale rollouts by Indian utilities that are upcoming in the next several years.
India has power sector market conditions that will require significant smart grid infrastructure investment. It has one of the highest transmission and distribution (T&D) loss rates in the world. In some states, the T&D loss rates exceed 50%, and almost all states have loss rates above 15%. Most Indian utilities fail to achieve cost recovery, and smart grid investment will be an important tool for utilities to reduce losses and improve revenue collection and operational efficiency.
The Indian central government has taken several measures to support smart grid development, including financial revitalization programs for utilities, the establishment of a central smart grid agency, and the publication of recommended financing strategies for early deployments.
Key questions answered in this study:
- How large will the smart grid market be across India over the next decade?
- What policies is the Government of India pursuing to support smart grid development?
- How will investment opportunities differ across various state regulatory frameworks?
- How will smart grid projects be financed in the near-to-medium term in India?
- How will rapid renewable energy expansion impact smart grid investment?
- Who are the most active local and international vendors in the India market?
Key Topics Covered:
i. Executive summary
1. What's new in 2017?
2. India smart grid snapshot
3. India smart grid market forecast
4. Industry structure
5. Smart grid regulatory framework
10. West Bengal
11. Tamil Nadu
13. Other Indian states and territories
14. Vendor activity
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