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About Distribution Utility Meet (DUM) 2020

Fourth edition of ISGF’s Annual Conference of Power Distribution Utilities - Distribution Utility Meet (DUM 2020) will be held on 27-28 November 2020 on Digital Platform. DUM 2020 will provide a unique platform for the DISCOM community to share each other's experiences in dealing with Covid-19 challenges and efforts towards automation and digitalization on fast track. As the world is struggling to cope with the new-normal and preparing for the next-normal, it is imperative that utilities do not make the same mistakes but learn from each other’s experiences and also bring global expertise and experiences to India. Experts from leading Utilities from USA, Canada, Europe and Japan will be invited to participate in DUM 2020 and share their experiences.

ISGF has been organizing Distribution Utility Meet (DUM) since 2017.The first edition of DUM in 2017 was hosted by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) in November 2017 in Bangalore and the second edition was hosted by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (Tata Power - DDL) and Tata Power Company Ltd in Mumbai in Nov 2018. The Third Edition of Dum was organized in New Delhi was co-hosted by BSES Rajadhani Power Ltd, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, Tata Power Company Ltd andTata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.All the previous editions of DUM were huge success that attracted the attention and participation of majority of the distribution utilities in India. Leading utilities from the USA, Canada and Europe also participated in DUM and shared their experiences in implementing Smart Grid Technologies.

KEY OBJECTIVE OF DUM 2020

As India embarks on its smart grid journey, it is imperative that we do not make the same mistakes but learn from each other's experiences. Given the nebulous nature of smart grids, which have been described as a journey more than a destination, as well as the fact that there is no single architecture, standard, etc., there is immense value to utilities in sharing best practices, lessons learned, challenges faced, etc., in addition to collectively stating needs which will be relevant for solution providers as well as policymakers and regulators.


Key objectives of the Distribution Utility Meet would be:

• Brainstorm how to cope with the new-normal and preparing for the next-normal post- Covid-19
• Discuss and evaluate new and emerging technologies, business models and monetization options for utilities
• Discuss digitalization of processes and operations of utilities leveraging existing systems at incremental cost
• Discuss case studies and best practices from across the globe
• Evaluate regulatory, policy, financial and business challenges of DISCOMs for digitalization and remote working and operations