Adding momentum to the energy conservation drive, the Centre has stepped up to offer more support to the new state of Andhra Pradesh. Mr Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Power has confirmed that the Central government has agreed in principle to invest approximately Rs. 5,000 crore in the state for replacement of inefficient and ordinary agricultural pump sets with energy efficient ones.
“The Central government is keen on fully supporting state governments, which are performing well in power sector and energy efficiency and energy conservation in particular,” the Minister stated at a National Workshop on Agricultural Demand Side Management that was organised by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in New Delhi yesterday.
Mr. Goyal shared that the Centre had decided to showcase the performance of Andhra Pradesh on the energy efficiency front to other states. Examples of Energy Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) and installation of Energy Efficient LED Street lighting Project were mentioned.
The Centre is also currently focussing on Andhra Pradesh for effective and timely implementation of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)’s star-rated higher energy efficient pump sets scheme, Mr Goyal confirmed
According to the above, more than 20 million pumpsets will be replaced with energy efficient ones in the country to achieve energy savings of 46 billion Kilo watt Hour (KWH). This initiative will lead to an annual reduction in emission of greenhouse gases by 45 million tons of CO2.
B P Pandey, Director General, BEE requested the Energy Secretary Ajay Jain to send reports on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to other proactive States for achieving the desired goals.
K. Ranganatham, Advisor to Energy Department of Andhra Pradesh, also made a presentation on the success of the AP State in the power sector in the areas of augmentation of power generation, 80 per cent Plant Load Factor, adopting super critical boiler technology for thermal power stations and reduction of T & D losses from 17 per cent to 10.35 per cent.