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ISUW 2020 completes sixth edition

ISGF's flagship annual event, the India Smart Utility Week (ISUW), an international conference and exhibition on smart energy and smart mobility for smart cities concluded on March 7, 2020 in New Delhi. 
(L to R) Reji Kumar Pillai, President-ISGF; Neil Chatterjee, Chairman-FERC; P K Pujari, Chairman-CERC; Raj Kumar Singh, Union Minister for P&NRE; Barry Gardiner, MoP for House of Commons, London; & Eija-Riitta Korhola, Former MP-European Parliament
Sanjeev Nandan Sahai, Secretary-MoP, GoI, inaugurating ISUW 2020

ISUW 2020 kickstarted on March 3, with 1,570 participants from 23 countries. The two key themes for this year were, 'Towards a Net Zero Energy Power Sector' and 'Towards a Carbon Neutral Transport Sector'. The event had many interesting activities beginning with 13 thematic sessions, four special plenaries, five bi-lateral workshops, seven parallel events, four tracks of master classes, and two technical tours. A total of 269 eminent experts addressed the gathering of 1500 plus participants at the event.
ISUW 2020 was inaugurated by Sanjeev Nandan Sahai, Secretary - Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI). Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh delivered a special address at the special plenary session on 'Regulations Enabling Energy Transition' along with P K Pujari, Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), India; Neil Chatterjee, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), USA; Barry Gardiner, MoP for Brent North, House of Commons, London and Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Climate Change; and Eija-Riitta Korhola, Former MP, European Parliament.
The event saw the launch of Sweden-India Joint Call on Smart Grids, European Union - India Joint Call on Integrated Local Energy Systems and SEW Innovation Fund.
Four special plenary sessions were conducted at the event, on the themes of:
(i) Regulations Enabling Energy Transition,
(ii) Power Systems Security in the Era of Cyber Wars,
(iii) Women in Energy and Energy Transition and
(iv) Future Skills for the Jobs in 2030s
Parallel workshops on variety of topics were organised such Global Perspectives on Energy Transition and Smart Grids, Interconnection of Regional Grids in Asia: SAARC
Grid - GCC Grid - ASEAN Grid, optimizing electricity grids by district energy system integration, and IEC – IEEE World smart energy standardization coordination workshop.
Full-day sessions on City Gas Distribution and Water Distribution were also held. In addition to these workshops and sessions, five bilateral smart grid workshops were held with USA, European Commission, Sweden, France and Switzerland to facilitate joint research, project partnerships and collaborations, experience sharing and knowledge dissemination.
As part of the event, an exhibition was also organised to showcase latest technology and projects on various domains of smart grid from India and around the world. Over 31 exhibitors, displayed their work at the event. EU brought 15 successful smart grid projects executed in Europe that are relevant to India as a part of the 'European Pavilion at ISUW 2020'.
The 4th edition of ISGF Innovation Awards Ceremony recognized and promoted some of the outstanding innovations by Utilities, technology providers, and startups. A total of 27 winners were felicitated at the awards ceremony.

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