The PACE-D Technical Assistance Program, led by the USAID and implemented by Nexant, aims to accelerate India's transition to a high performing, low emissions, and energy secure economy. This initiative is largely based on the bilateral agreements signed between the U.S. and the Government of India, one on energy efficiency technology commercialization and innovation with the Ministry of Power (MOP) as the line ministry, and the other on renewable energy technology commercialization and innovation with the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) as the line ministry.
Under PACE-D’s scope, Nexant’s team of Indian and US clean energy experts collaborated closely with USAID and Government of India counterparts to scale up and deploy innovative energy efficiency and smart grid technologies and practices; advance commercial, market-driven renewable energy technologies; support supply-side efficiency from clean coal power generation; and enhance greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation programs. Nexant experts worked closely with USAID, MoP, ISGF, local regulators, and the stakeholders in workshop presentations, white papers, and technical specification of smart grid interoperability, M&V, and several functions such as dynamic pricing/DR/load management, etc. Nexant’s involvement also included an organizing a 10-day study tour of stakeholders, regulators, USAID, and Government of India representatives.
The PACE-D platform will enable public and private stakeholders to develop, test, validate, and commercialize innovative technologies for the growing low-carbon market. It will also help U.S. and Indian clean energy developmental partners to overcome common business challenges and barriers to deliver environmental, social, and economic benefits from clean energy deployment.