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Public Forum on Development of Trinidad & Tobago's Smart Grid at UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - November 4, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – Countries throughout the world are making use of advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to improve the efficiency, availability and reliability of their electrical power grids. The application of ICT to these grids results in what is typically called a Smart Grid (SG). Such smart grids use secure communication technologies and computational intelligence in an integrated fashion across electricity generation, transmission and distribution networks to achieve a cleaner, safer, securer, more reliable, more resilient, more efficient and sustainable system. T&TEC has already started introducing ICT into their grid using an Advanced Metering Infrastructure.

In order to create awareness among the general public of the benefits of a Smart Grid, its implementation challenges and how the public can participate in forming a nationwide smart grid, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy & Energy Affairs, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC), the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology (NIHERST) and the T&T section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will host a Public Forum on Development of Trinidad & Tobago's Smart Grid on November 6, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm at the Noor Hassanali Auditorium, Faculty of Law on the St. Augustine Campus.

This Public Forum comes under the project Capacity Building and Research on Smart Grid Technology in the Caribbean Region, funded by The UWI-Trinidad and Tobago Research and Development Impact (RDI) Fund. Feature speakers include Mr. Randy Ramadhar Singh, Advisor, Ministry of Energy & Energy Affairs; Mr. Varma Ratan, Manager, Metering Services, T&T Electricity Commission and Dr. Sanjay Bahadoorsingh, Lecturer at The UWI St. Augustine’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Admission is free however, seating is limited. Participants are advised to register in advance at

For further information, log onto the forum’s website at

All are invited.



About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)