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Mainstreaming smart grids in India: Exploring the potential of '' Indian smart grid forum'' as a field configuring event for development of smart grid niche
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9771-930X
2016 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Developing nations such China and Brazil have also started implementing smart grids with ambitious government programs but still face several challenges. The Indian government is also keen on development of smart grids to meet several challenges related to ongoing electricity demand and energy security, high transmission and distribution losses, electricity theft and improving energy access for vast disadvantaged population. Smart grids are being seen as promising solution for reducing India's energy problem by improving malperformance of the existing electricity sector and promise lot of advantages for all concerned stakeholders such as government, regulators, energy utilities and customers. The Indian government has also initiated (ISGF: Indian Smart Grid Forum i.e. public-private partnership for assisting the government and utilities on smart grid policy and regulatory activities) as well as the National Smart Grid Mission in order to develop and implement smart grids on a large scale in the coming years. The main focus of this paper is to explore the extent to which government organized forums and conferences such as ''Indian Smart Grid Week'' is useful for studying development of a smart grid niche in India. The other focus is also to study the extent to which it has the potential for creating more opportunities for collective learning and getting insights about contestation and conflict in form of discursive power plays between different

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Wuppertal institut , 2016.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-198285OAI: diva2:1056077
7 th International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST 2016), September 6-9, 2016, Wuppertal Institute, Wuppertal, Germany

QC 20161219

Available from: 2016-12-13 Created: 2016-12-13 Last updated: 2017-01-09Bibliographically approved

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