Greening the grid by democratizing data

The power sector in India is undergoing a significant change and has created much excitement in the industry. The Government of India has identified the power sector as a key sector of focus to promote sustainable development through the integration and greening of the grid through renewable energy and digital transformation. Key initiatives at leading DISCOMS are now focused on creating value by making energy services reliable, sustainable and affordable for their clients.

At BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) they are taking proactive steps forward to gain valuable experiences on their digital transformation journey by implementing and testing a data lake solution that will enable future service insights and innovation.

In this episode Abhishek Ranjan, Vice President and Head Renewable, DSM & EE and Energy Analytics, at BRPL and Avanish Verma, Senior Researcher and Manager at Smart Innovation Norway share their insights on the trends impacting the energy sector in India today and how digital transformation is painting a very colorful future for the sector.

You will learn:

  • Trends in the energy system
  • BRPL approach to digital transformation
  • Key challenges and opportunities for DISCOMS
  • What the changes in the energy system mean for consumers
  • Experiences from the award winning Utilihive Data Lake implementation
  • Future vision and next steps of BRPL's digital journey
  • A celebration of color

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Abhishek has about two decades of experience in Power and Information Technology sectors in India. He started his career with Infosys Technologies Limited, an IT company based in India, where he worked on development of enterprise applications for a major US utility and a technology MNC. He is currently leading a team in the areas of Energy Efficiency & Demand Side Management, Renewable Integration and Rooftop Solar, grid level Energy Storage solutions, EV charging infrastructure, Power Scheduling & Demand Forecasting and Energy Analytics at BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), New Delhi.

Avanish Verma is a senior researcher and business development manager at Smart Innovation Norway with a main focus on the fields Transactive Grids, e-mobility , Flexibility Markets, peer to peer energy, and Clean Energy. Avanish has 13+ years of experience working in all facets of the electricity value chain- Generation, transmission, distribution, and power markets. He has worked with leading energy companies in India namely Tata Power, RPG Transmission, and Jindal Power. He has also worked with the Indian Electricity regulator – Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. Before SIN he was working for Innovation Norway handling Clean energy activities.

About BRPL

BSES Rajdhani Power Limited is the leading premier power distribution company in city of New Delhi serving more than 2.6 Million customers and catering to a peak load of 3200 MW. The company is a Joint Ventures between Reliance Infrastructure Limited and GoNCT Delhi.

About SIN

Smart Innovation Norway (SIN) performs independent, applied research within the fields of smart energy systems, smart cities and communities and Applied Artificial Intelligence. SIN’s NCE Smart Energy Markets cluster boasts many IT companies including most of Norway’s leading expertise in Big Data Analytics and digital technologies from companies like Greenbird, which are the drivers behind smart energy innovation.

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