AP steps up energy conservation

HYDERABAD: In order to provide better services to the consumers in general and to prevent wastage of precious power, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the government machinery to take up a proactive role in Energy Efficient & Energy Conservation programs for the benefit of the State, as well as all stake-holders in particular.

In tune with the objective of the Chief Minister, State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM), Govt. of A.P. is all set to adopt integrated approach to implement the comprehensive action plan to achieve substantial energy savings through effective energy conservation & efficiency programs duly involving all key departments which ultimately pave way for realizing targeted energy savings as well as passing  financial benefit to the electricity consumers in the form of reduction in power bills, said Dr IYR Krishna Rao, Chief Secretary.

As part of this, the government is contemplating stringent steps on energy conservation programs during high-level SECM Meet on Monday afternoon chaired by Dr IYR Krishna Rao involving various departments such as Energy, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Agriculture, Industries & IT, Panchayat Raj, School Education, etc., to devise measurable and sustainable goals with suitable action plan.  In view of the SECM General Body meet, CS, has discussed several issues for expediting the on-going energy conservation and efficiency programs with Ajay Jain, Secretary, Energy & I&I, K. Vijayanand, MD, APGENCO and CMD/APTRANSCO (FAC).

The proposed agenda for the SECM meeting includes review of the ongoing Energy Conservation & Energy Efficiency (EC&EE) programs such as DSM based Efficient Lighting Program (DELP), replacement of inefficient Street Lights with LED street lighting, replacement of inefficient Agricultural pumpsets with energy efficient pumpsets, engaging of third party agency by the DISCOMs for annual monitoring of energy savings in DELP program.

Ajay Jain said the SECM/Govt of AP is expecting 617 Million Units (MU) (61.7 crore units) of energy savings per annum through the pilot projects of DELP and street lighting.  (NSS)

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