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Sir David King is visiting India to strengthen UK-India collaboration on combating climate change and enhancing energy security.
Leading British companies working in the field of smart grids are showcasing their innovations at the ongoing India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) in New Delhi from March 16-19. The six companies are a part of a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) delegation.
In its second year, ISGW - an initiative supported by the Ministry of Power - is bringing together India’s leading electric utility companies, policy makers, regulators, investors and global smart grid and smart city experts.
Inaugurating UKTI stall at the exhibition, Sir David King, UK’s Special Representative on Climate Change said:
The UK is a world leader in smart grid solutions. We are well placed to support India’s ambitious plans of ‘electricity for all’ by 2019. I am excited to lead a delegation of the best of British companies to offer technical expertise and know-how to Indian companies.
UK-India relations in the energy sector are already quite strong and vibrant with Britain as one of the largest investors. Further, the UK and India share objectives on energy security and view reliable, affordable, sustainable energy as key to economic growth. Sir David will also meet British and Indian businesses to discuss commercial opportunities in clean energy and low carbon technology.
BEAMA, the UK’s lead trade association representing manufacturers of electrical infrastructure products and systems will also be participating along with the British companies.
Highlighting UK’s expertise Kelly Butler, Deputy CEO and Marketing Director of trade body BEAMA, said:
It is evident that the UK and India face common challenges with network reinforcements, integration of renewables and increasing domestic and commercial demands on the grid. Dealing with disruptive technologies and business models in the energy system is challenging but also offers opportunities for network operators to invest in new technology which can optimise the efficiency of the overall system. Learning from trials in the UK and India will go a long way to tackle these new challenges and open up new market opportunities.
British Smart Grid companies at the ISGW bring the right blend of expertise in technology and skills to the Indian market. UKTI will also facilitate their interactions with Indian companies, regulators and policy makers at the IGSW.