5th Annual Conference on IT in Power, September 13-14, 2006 (ITinPower2006)
Venue: Hotel Hyatt Regency
|Event Date/Time: Sep 13, 2006||End Date/Time: Sep 14, 2006|
|Registration Date: Sep 12, 2006|
|Early Registration Date: Aug 18, 2006|
We are finally beginning to see the use of IT spread in the Indian power sector. The SEBs and their successor units (gencos, transcos and discoms) are beginning to take significant new steps in using IT for generation planning, power plant operation, network maintenance, customer service, and enterprise management. They want to use IT to improve operational efficiency and increase managerial effectiveness. They aim to improve capacity utilisation, reduce losses, increase reliability and improve service. We are seeing the implementation of sophisticated O&M systems in generation, SCADA solutions in transmission networks, CRM systems in distribution and ERP software in management.
To be sure, this is just the beginning. For the most part, the budgets for new investments are still inadequate and the utilisation of existing investments is still very poor. There is still a lack of strategic approach and a lack of systematic development. IT is still pursued and implemented in a piecemeal and standalone fashion.
But there is greater attention being paid to using IT for improving performance and increasing productivity. The new utilities are following the lead of private utilities and central public sector units. They are being helped in their endeavour by technology providers who have begun to introduce state-of-the-art IT-enabled services and products adapted to Indian conditions and Indian budgets. The mission of this conference is to highlight these IT-based approaches, technologies, applications, solutions, products and services that are helping or can help improve performance and productivity at power utilities. The conference will seek to answer questions like:
- What is the current status of the use of IT in the Indian power sector? What are the key trends?
- How can the use of IT help improve performance in generation, transmission and distribution?
- What are the most relevant and promising applications?
- What has been the experience so far?
- How are gencos increasing generation and reducing costs using IT?
- How are transcos using IT to improve network management?
- How are discoms using IT to reduce losses and improve customer service?
- How are utilities using enterprise software to improve management and productivity?
- What are the "new" IT needs arising from the changing environment?
The two-day conference will cover the use and potential of IT across the power sector spectrum - in generation, transmission and distribution. It will cover areas such as enterprise management, generation planning, power plant management, transmission and distribution network management, load despatch, loss reduction, metering, revenue management and customer service. It will also cover "new" areas like trading, buying in the ABT regime and regulatory compliance.