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23 Sep 2009

Part of India’s growing power demands will soon be met with smart grid technologies that improve efficiency and reliability for businesses and consumers. North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) on September 22 announced it would become the first major utility in India to realize the performance advantages of an advanced outage management system (OMS).

According to the International Energy Agency, India’s energy demand will more than double by 2030, potentially increasing the frequency of power outages even in the most developed areas of Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Smart grids could be one of the solutions to meet this problem.

With PowerOn, NDPL will be able to identify the local faults more precisely, and the repair crew will be remotely instructed and dispatched even before the consumer calls.

GE’s PowerOn OMS will be integrated with the previously installed GE Energy Smallworld geospatial information system (GIS) and NDPL’s existing distribution management system to drive power reliability and quality.

NDPL has implemented several distribution system enhancements over the last five years, including the addition of GE Energy’s Smallworld GIS. Today, when an outage is detected, PowerOn and Smallworld work together to map out the location and repair needs. Repair crews are prepared with the right tools and the correct geographic information, leading to faster restoration of power.

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