Inaugural GridWeek Asia to Be Held as Part of ELECRAMA 2012

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Clasma Events and IEEMA partner to deliver GridWeek Asia as part of ELECRAMA 2012, 16-18 January 2012 , in Mumbai, India

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GridWeek Asia will be the most influential international gathering of Smart Grid players in Asia. Given the rapid growth of India, and opportunities to build a Smart Grid from the ground up, there’s no better time for a meeting of minds in India.

Clasma Events and IEEMA (Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association) announced today that the inaugural GridWeek Asia conference will take place from 16-18 January, 2012 in Mumbai, India, in conjunction with ELECRAMA 2012.

A global extension of the annual GridWeek conference held in Washington, DC, each year, this event underscores the growing importance of India and Asia as evolving Smart Grid marketplaces.

ELECRAMA is one of the world’s largest electricity-focused trade shows, with an anticipated 125,000 visitors and 1,000+ exhibitors.

GridWeek Asia will offer two full days of conference and plenary tracks, plus one day of interaction with ELECRAMA exhibitors and attendees, with the key objective of fostering interaction between Indian Smart Grid stakeholders and Smart Grid leaders and visionaries from around the world.

“GridWeek Asia will be the most influential international gathering of Smart Grid players in Asia,” said Anto Budiardjo, President and CEO of Clasma Events, the organizer of GridWeek conferences. “Given the rapid growth of India, and the opportunities they have to build a Smart Grid infrastructure from the ground up, there’s no better time for a meeting of Smart Grid minds in India.”

India is experiencing rapid growth in gross domestic product (GDP), with an expected growth rate of 8 percent in 2011-2012, which is fueling the need for expedited infrastructure development. India's total installed generation capacity is close to 175,000 megawatts (MW), and the country will require an additional 100,000 MW of generation capacity in the next six years with the corresponding investment expected at well over $400 billion (USD) in the electricity sector. Building on the present base of 20,000 MW of grid-interactive renewable power, an additional 2,500 MW is expected to be added annually going forward. The National Solar Mission has set a target addition of 20,000 MW by the year 2022.

“It’s clear that a smarter electrical infrastructure is necessary in India, as we build out our transmission and distribution (T&D) grid to support increased demand and our renewable energy goals,” said Vimal Mahendru, President, IEEMA. “We are thrilled that ELECRAMA will be host to the first GridWeek Asia and are confident that this gathering of the greatest minds in Smart Grid will be a tremendous learning opportunity for the Indian Smart Grid community.”

For more information please visit the web site here: http://www.GridAsia.com.

About IEEMA & ELECRAMA

Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) is the apex association of manufacturers of electrical, industrial electronics and allied equipment in India. Founded in 1948, IEEMA has over 750 member organisations encompassing the complete value chain in power generation, transmission and distribution. Its membership base, ranging from public sector enterprises, multinational companies to small and medium companies, gives IEEMA a truly national representative character. IEEMA members represent a combined annual turnover in excess of US$25 billion and have contributed to more than 90% of the power equipment installed in India.

ELECRAMA is IEEMA’s flagship event, and today is one of the largest tradeshows in the world focused on Transmission & Distribution equipment, solutions and services. With an anticipated 125,000 visitor footfalls and 1,000+ exhibitors anticipated in 2012, this event provides an ideal partnership venue for a major international Smart Grid conference to bring Smart Grid leaders and discussion to the doorstep of India’s massive opportunity.
Further information at http://www.elecrama.com and http://www.ieema.org

About Clasma & GridWeek

Clasma Events, Inc. is a global event company specializing in strategic conferences at the center of the worldwide energy discussion. Clasma provides a stage for collaboration and cooperation among industry thought leaders at the forefront of the smart energy movement. Focusing on Smart Grid, connectivity, and the new energy economy, Clasma’s major events include ConnectivityWeek, GridWeek, and Grid-Interop. http://www.clasma.com.

GridWeek is the only event with a proven history of attracting the complete diversity of global Smart Grid stakeholders to define strategies for energy business, policy, and solutions. Since the first GridWeek in 2007 (organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and other key industry players), GridWeek has become the most prominent strategic gathering of Smart Grid minds, creating a forum to address the most relevant industry topics and set the agenda for Smart Grid advancement.

Clasma, GridWeek, ConnectivityWeek, and Grid-Interop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Clasma International Corporation. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Clasma Contact:
Allison Eckelkamp
Communications
allison(at)clasma(dot)com
508-769-6276

IEEMA Contact:
Rajeev Ketkar
PR & Communications
rajeev(dot)ketkar(at)ieema(dot)org

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