Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy today inaugurated 5th International Exhibition and Conference GRIDTECH here today. The exhibition is being organized by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (POWERGRID) with the support of the Power Ministry. The exhibition has brought together various international and national manufacturers, planners, policy makers, investors, consultants, research institutions etc., becoming the largest integrated platform where superior technologies and creative expertise in the transmission and distribution domain were displayed. Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Goyal said, “The Prime Minister’s vision for 24/7 quality power for all depends on the transmission and distribution sector to reach the bottom of the pyramid. With the new technologies we are bringing in, we will now create an ambitious grid programme which will meet the country’s demand.” Devendra Chaudhury, Special Secretary, Ministry of Power said,
“The entire power sector is gearing up to meet the Government’s vision of power for all. We need to create an access platform which will help us provide electricity to the entire population.” Speaking on this occasion Shri. R N Nayak, Chairman & Managing Director, Power Grid Corporation of India said, “The government’s ambitious plan to provide 24x7 power to all in the country by 2019 will require the deployment of latest technologies in the field of transmission, distribution, intelligent devices, information and communication technology. Against this background, Gridtech 2015 is the foremost platform where all leading stakeholders reiterate their commitment to bring about a transformative change in the sector thereby ensuring quality as well as affordability of power for all citizens.” India’s transmission and distribution network is one of the largest and complicated in the world. Gridtech 2015, in turn, has become the stage which saw, like always, leading minds and enterprises coming together in their endeavour to make India’s network system the most efficient one which will help shape the Government’s dream of ‘power to all’. The day saw various panel discussions with leading industry experts exchanging views and sharing trenchant insights on relevant topics like integration of renewable energy sources, role of smart grids and energy efficiency measures.