Energy efficient lighting made mandatory in industrial units

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Chandigarh, Feb 28 (UNI) The state-level Monitoring Committee has recommended that energy efficient lighting be made mandatory in all high tension and low tension industrial connections and all tubewell connections in the state.

This recommendation was made in a meeting of the Monitoring Committee, set up by the Haryana Government to monitor and review the implementation of energy conservation measures and Energy Conservation Act-2001, which met here today under the chair of Chief Secretary Promilla Issar.

Chairing the meeting, Ms Issar said this step would alone save about 122 MW of electricity annually. ''In the present scenario of energy crisis, energy conservation is one of the most cost-effective modes to meet the shortage of electricity in the shortest possible time and therefore should be practiced by everyone.'' ''Haryana has a potential of saving about 500 MW through energy conservation and energy efficiency measures. For that, all government departments have to play the lead role in promoting and implementing the energy conservation in their respective areas,'' she added.

Appreciating the initiatives taken by the Department of Renewable Energy and HAREDA in promoting energy conservation in the state, she said during the past two years, Haryana had been able to save 103.2 million units of electricity translating into a saving of Rs 42 crore in electricity bills by implementing various energy conservation measures.

She appreciated the CFL villages programme being implemented by the HAREDA and power utilities, under which 499 villages had been made CFL villages with complete replacement of conventional bulbs, resulting in saving of 17 million units of electricity and a saving of Rs 28 crore in the electricity bills.

She impressed upon all the departments to create Energy Conservation Cells to implement energy conservation programmes vigorously.

Giving details about the decisions taken in the meeting, Haryana Renewable Energy Department and HAREDA Director Sumita Misra informed that the Committee had recommended creation of State Energy Conservation Fund by diversion of five paise from the electricity duty from the existing 10 paise per unit collected from industrial, domestic and commercial consumers amounting to about Rs 41.3 crore annually.

This fund would be utilised to meet the expenses for implementing various provisions of the EC Act and to promote energy efficiency measures.

Ms Misra further informed that the Committee had decided that the energy audit of state-owned power generation units, sugar mills and State Road Transport Undertaking would be carried out to identify and quantify areas of possible energy saving measures which could be addressed for achieving energy efficiency in their operations.

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