New Delhi, India – Last week, U.S. Trade and Development Agency staff advanced the Agency’s strategic partnerships in India during the India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2016 conference and exhibition, as well as India Aviation 2016.
“We were pleased to join our partners for these important events, where we identified specific opportunities for future cooperation,” said Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia, Henry Steingass, who represented the Agency. “Smart grid and intelligent transportation solutions are key enablers of India’s infrastructure growth, and will serve as catalysts for the development of India’s smart cities.”
During the inaugural session at ISGW, organized by the India Smart Grid Forum, Regional Director Steingass witnessed a contract signing between India’s Reliance Infrastructure Limited and Innovari (Austin, TX) for a 100-Megawatt demand side management project. This work, which builds upon a USTDA-sponsored feasibility study and pilot project, will help Reliance Infrastructure manage peak demand and more efficiently utilize its electric power infrastructure.
Regional Director Steingass also traveled to Hyderabad to participate in the fifth India Aviation, sponsored by USTDA’s longtime partner, the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The event included key discussions on drivers of aviation growth, including policy frameworks, safety and commercial opportunities. Regional Director Steingass met with representatives of the U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), the Airports Authority of India and the Director General of Civil Aviation, M. Sathiyavathy.
The Agency is drawing upon its strong partnerships in energy and aviation to support Prime Minister Modi and President Obama’s agreement to cooperate on smart city development in India. USTDA is working with three Indian state governments – Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan – to develop and deploy smart solutions for smart cities. Last month, USTDA provided a grant to advance the City of Visakhapatnam’s (Vizag) efforts to develop safe, efficient and integrated infrastructure.