PTC India and AutoGrid sign MoU to provide AI and ML technology-based solutions to the Indian power market


Electricity consumption is set to grow dramatically in India, especially for cooling purposes, as the population of the country grows, and more consumers deploy air conditioners and electric vehicles. Demand Response (DR) is a powerful alternative by which utilities can reduce stress on the grid during peak periods while providing customers economic and environmental benefits. DR programs aim to reduce or shift energy consumption from peak hours of the day to leaner demand periods by offering incentives to the consumers for their cooperation. Participating customers can exercise control over their consumption, and voluntarily choose to turn down non-essential loads to reduce total load at peak times thus optimizing their monthly electricity bills.

Additionally, energy generation is set to grow sharply as well; almost doubling by 2030, accompanied by a rise in the share of renewables to around 50% of the total generation mix. The intermittency of renewable generation creates new challenges for power system operators and market participants to manage price volatility and system reliability. To cater to this, a study by CEA suggests the need for battery storage to the tune of 27,000 MW and pumped storage of 20,000 MW. The sharp increase projected in renewable energy, distributed generation, energy storage and need for ancillary services creates opportunities for existing and new players in the power system. The collaboration between PTC and AutoGrid proposes to unlock such opportunities.

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Rajib K Mishra, CMD PTC said, “Demand is seeing a sharp rise in India due overall economic growth and increasing HVAC loads driven by rising consumer incomes. As a result, the load is getting peakier. Demand Response is a powerful tool for peak load management for Discoms. Additionally, there is a strong technology need to enable higher integration of Renewable Energy into India’s grid without creating grid instability. We are looking forward to deploying AutoGrid’ s AI-based energy management solution to support PTC’s mission of a carbon-free future.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with PTC India to bring pioneering solutions to their customer base by leveraging our best-in-class energy-AI platform, said Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO, AutoGrid. “With this collaboration, we aim to demonstrate the pivotal role of DR and DERs in realizing India’s ambitions to remain one of the fastest-growing economies in the world while meeting the country’s need for energy security and sustainability”, he added.

PTC India and AutoGrid have identified the following strategic areas to collaborate on:

  • Automated Demand Response leveraging Residential Air Conditioning Systems and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Commercial and Industrial sites
  • Integration of Energy Storage, Solar PV, Electrical Vehicles and other DERs for grid support, balancing and decarbonization
  • Structured Renewable Energy or Hybrid solar/wind/battery storage contracts – for large C&I consumers and utilities

About PTC India Ltd:
PTC India Ltd., a Government of India initiative, is the pioneer in starting a power market in India. The Company has maintained its leadership position in power trading since inception.

The trading activities undertaken by PTC include long term trading of power generated from large power projects as well as short term trading arising as a result of supply and demand mismatches, which inevitably arise in various regions of the country.

The Company is credited with a number of products in the electricity trading market to meet the divergent needs of the customers. Driven by the vision to shape a vibrant power market, PTC has been providing value-focused services to its clients and build trust as a reliable partner. PTC is also the pioneer of cross border trading facilitating trade of electricity with BhutanNepal and Bangladesh.

PTC is a unique example of a successful public-private partnership with major PSUs of the Ministry of Power, Government of India as promoters and a widely held ownership interest.

About AutoGrid:
Founded in 2010, AutoGrid’s mission is to accelerate access to sustainable energy to mitigate climate change. AutoGrid’s artificial intelligence-driven software makes electric vehicles, storage, roof-top solar, utility-scale wind, and other distributed energy resources (DERs) smarter.

By enabling prediction, optimization, and real-time control of millions of energy assets at an unprecedented scale, AutoGrid is making the vision of a decentralized, decarbonized, and democratized new energy world a reality. With over a decade of pioneering experience across the globe, AutoGrid offers fleet owners, energy-as-a-service companies, renewable project developers, utilities, and electricity retailers the ability to build, own, operate, and participate in intelligent and scalable virtual power plants, enabling them to disrupt the dependency on fossil-fuel based energy. AutoGrid’s flagship application, AutoGrid FlexTM, manages over 6,000MW of distributed energy assets in 15 countries and is ranked a Leader in all flexibility management categories (DR, DERMS, VPP) by independent research and analysis firm Guidehouse Research.