The India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF) has recommended that eight pilot projects be taken up across India over the next 18 months.

ISGTF, which recommended that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) first establish smart grid standards, has said low-cost smart meters need to be developed to ensure 100 per cent metering is achieved within distribution companies.

It has also recommended that metering intervention be introduced in more towns under the Power Ministry’s power reforms programme – the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP). In addition, it has recommended that critical cyber security assets be identified and audits taken on a regular basis.

The ISGTF, which is chaired by Mr Pitroda, was set up in May 2010 with the brief to develop a roadmap and standards for the development and implementation of smart grid related technologies in the country.

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