NEW DELHI, July 13 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Government of India has set the target of 15 percent gas-based economy by 2030 and licenses have been issued for City Gas Distribution (CGD) in urban areas in 407 districts spread across 28 States and Union Territories that cover about 70 percent of the population of the country. To create a collaboration platform between the CGD companies and electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs), India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) and Natural Gas Society (NGS) have jointly promoted India CGD Forum. There are many similarities between the work of electricity and gas distribution companies and there is immense scope for sharing of assets – both physical and digital assets. Sharing of GIS maps, common billing and collection systems, common call centers, sharing of last mile connectivity for network automation and smart metering etc. Policy makers and regulators from both the domains can also share their experiences and challenges. The India CGD Forum was launched on 04th March, 2021 during India Smart Utility Week (ISUW 2021) www.isuw.in. This forum promotes the initiatives of Government of India towards the gas-based economy. Shri Tarun Kapoor, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) is the honorary Chairperson of India CGD Forum.
Besides promoting collaboration between CGD companies and DISCOMS, this Forum will come up with customized training programs, workshops and conferences on City Gas Distribution. This Forum will also ensure the Collaboration amongst all stakeholders and will create research reports, technical reports, white paper on latest technologies and practices in the CGD Sector.
A webinar on “Collaboration between City Gas Distribution and Electricity Distribution Companies to Accelerate Transition to Gas based Economy” is scheduled on 15th July, 2021 from 15:00 hrsto17:00 hrs IST. Link to Register for the Webinar https://bit.ly/2VjVym9 . A web portal for India CGD Forum will be launched at this webinar on 15th July 2021.
The Natural Gas Society (NGS), a registered body, is the emerging voice of the Indian natural gas industry and has been established to catalyse the development of the industry. NGS seeks to establish itself as an industry think tank and provide critical inputs into sectoral policy through research, collaboration and dialogue. It will also work towards the enhancement of India’s natural gas industry’s competitiveness in global energy markets. NGS will provide a forum for exchange of ideas and best practices for the Indian gas industry, especially in the transmission and distribution segments of the gas value chain.
ISGF is a public private partnership initiative of Govt. of India with the mandate of accelerating smart grid deployments across the country. With 170+ members comprising of ministries, utilities, technology providers, academia and research, ISGF has evolved as a Think-Tank of global repute on Smart Energy and Smart Cities. Mandate of ISGF is to accelerate energy transition through clean energy, electric grid modernization and electric mobility; work with national and international agencies in standards development and help utilities, regulators and the Industry in technology selection, training and capacity building.
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