The Trump administration has pledged $7.5 million to assist in improving India’s electricity grid, which falls in line with the pair’s commitment to drive universal access to affordable and reliable power.
The funds were committed prior to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, The Economic Times reported.
According to media, the Ministry of Science and Technology and industry will match the commitment of US’ Department of Energy, bringing the total commitment to $30 million.
Trump administration committed to India
“This new consortium demonstrates the US and Indian commitments to ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy in both countries,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said.
He added: “We know that continued grid innovation will promote economic growth and energy security in the United States and India.”
Media cited officials: “The initiative, part of America’s commitment to fostering the reliable, resilient and secure delivery of electricity, was needed for the strong US national security, economic growth and global leadership, as well as furthering Department of Energy (DOE)’s collaboration with India under the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE).”
Research and development
The DoE said in a statement that the US-India collaboration for smart distribution system with storage (UI-ASSIST) was selected as the new consortia for Smart Grid and Energy Storage under the US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC), The Economic Times reported.
To help pave the way to a more advanced distribution grid that will allow greater use of distributed energy resources such as microgrids and energy storage, the new consortia will bring together experts from academia, DOE’s national laboratories and industry, it said.
“Together with their counterparts in India, the center will conduct research and deploy new smart grid and energy storage technologies that will modernise the grids of both the nations to make them “smarter”, while increasing resilience and reliability, the DOE said.