Keeping in line with the government of India´s vision, INTELECT brought together policymakers, business leaders, and academicians to discuss smarter cities, optimising grid efficiencies and overall, improving the quality of life for the citizens of India.
INTELECT, the three-day conference and exposition on the efficient consumption of electricity, hosted by IEEE in collaboration with the Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers´ Association (IEEMA), was inaugurated by Anant Geete, Union Minister for Heavy Industry & Commerce, government of India; Tanga Byaling, Chairman, North Eastern Regional Power Committee, Minister for Home, Power & Non-Conventional Source of Energy, Arunachal Pradesh and Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister for Energy, New & Renewable Energy, Maharashtra, in Mumbai. The event, organised by the IEEE Power Energy Society, IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Communications Society in association with IEEMA, took place from January 22 - 24, 2015 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.
Also participating in the inauguration ceremony were Dr Howard E Michel, President & CEO, IEEE; Vishnu Agarwal, President, IEEEMA; James Prendergast, Executive Director, IEEE; Bruce Kraemer, President, IEEE Standards Association; Babu Babel, Vice President, IEEMA; Sunil Misra, Director General, IEEMA; Laurent Schmitt - Smart Grid, Global VP, Alstom, France; and Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Consultancy Services.
Dr. Howard E Michel, President and CEO, IEEE said, ¨IEEE is dedicated to advancing technology for humanity. We must integrate appropriate technologies with relevant standards to improve infrastructure and create employment opportunities. Power and energy are crucial elements for a successful and comfortable living environment. Hence, with growing pressure on the world´s rapidly diminishing natural resources, it is important that we work towards a two-fold objective, first to effectively channelise existing resources smartly and second to leverage new forms of renewable resources.¨
Vishnu Agarwal, President, IEEEMA, said, ¨INTELECT is one of the pioneering platforms, bringing together under one roof, players in the home and office electrical sector. Our vision for INTELECT is to showcase the latest innovation and technology in lighting, modular wiring, measurement, conservation, drives, HVAC, storage of electricity, off-grid generation, house and building security, and automation control systems. Conserving energy with smart and intelligent usage is the need of the hour, and we at both IEEE and IEEEMA are committed to ensuring this.¨
The highlight of INTELECT was the roundtable on distribution reforms. The opening address on New Initiatives on Distribution Reforms was delivered by B N Sharma, Joint Secretary - Distribution, Ministry of Power, government of India. Sharma´s address was followed by a panel discussion moderated by P Uma Shankar, Former Secretary, Power, government of India.
The panel constituted key decision and policymakers in the power sector, including:
- I C P Keshari, IAS, Principal Secretary (Energy), Government of Madhya Pradesh
- Sukhveer Singh, Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh, Poorv Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Ltd.
- Narayan Swaroop Nigam, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director, WBSEDCL
- Prabhu N Singh, IAS, Managing Director, Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd., government of Uttar Pradesh
- S K Negi, Managing Director, GETCO
- Raghvendra Mehta, CEO, Reliance Energy - Distribution
- P J Thakkar, Director Technical REC and Avkash Saxena, Executive Director, PFC.
The other keynote addresses and tracks included subjects pertinent to the intelligent deployment and distribution of electricity including, smart cities, rural electrification, smart living technology, smarter grids and micro-grids, smart living security & privacy, integration of renewables and micro-grids, integration of renewables, and IEEE´s Global Humanitarian Initiative.
An estimated ten thousand delegates would have attended INTELECT, including exhibitors, for a first of its kind interactive platform on smart energy. Participating companies include Brass Copper & Alloy (I) Ltd., HEX, Chhabi Electricals Pvt Ltd., Gupta Power Infrastructure Ltd., KNX, Meco Meters Pvt Ltd., Prolite Autoglo Ltd., Schneider Electric, Secure Meters Ltd., Siemens Ltd., Siemens Technology and Services Pvt. Ltd., and Tellhow (Shenzhen) Electric Technology Co. Ltd.