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Energy Conservation & Efficiency Updates for 2010 by Ministry of Power-India

As Panchabuta had reported in early May this year, “Bachat Lamp Yojna”  the world’s largest carbon credit project was launched. The most innovative feature of this project is in bringing down the cost of CFL to Rs. 15. The size of the project is something that we should be proud of given that it is intended to save more than 40 million tonnes of carbon annually and the second largest project is only about 1.5 million tonnes.

According to an update from the Ministry of Power, Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) promotes energy efficient and high quality compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) as a replacement  for incandescent bulbs at Rs.15 each in households by leveraging the Clean Development Mechanism(CDM) benefits under the  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC). The scheme got registered as a programme of activity (PoA) with the CDM Executive Board of UNFCCC on 29.4.2010. Now the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) will act as a managing and and coordinating entity. All States/UTs will now be in a position to develop the CDM projects and get them included in the PoA as and when they are ready. The states which have initiated BLY include Goa, Gujarat, Punjab Phase II, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa, Rajasthan, Kerala, UP, Uttarakhand and Delhi. Approximately 200 lakhs CFLs have been distributed. During 2010-11 (upto 30.9.2010) an unverified energy savings of 130 MW was achieved due to this programme.

Standards and Labeling Scheme targets high energy end-use equipments and appliances to lay down minimum energy performance standards. Labeling of air-conditioners, refrigerators, Tubular Florescent Lamps (TFLs) and distribution transformers were made mandatory on 7.1.2010. The other equipments and appliances which have been included as voluntary programme include geysers, motors, pumps sets, colour televisions, LPG stoves, and ceiling fans. During 2010-11 (upto 30.09.2010) unverified energy saving of 829 MW have been reported under the scheme.

 Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) sets minimum energy performance standards for new commercial buildings having a connected load of 100 kW. The Energy Efficiency measures in existing buildings have also been carried out through retrofitting. The draft guidelines for incorporating ECBC into Municipal byelaws of Chandigarh and Haryana have been prepared. A total number of ESCOs empanelled with BEE stands 89 which include fresh empanelment. The ESCOs have been accredited and rated by CRISIL/ICRA/CARE.

National Mission of Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) The Cabinet approved the National Mission in June, 2010. The objective of the Mission is to devise efficient and cost effective strategies through demand side management, initiatives and market transformation in favour of energy efficient processes, products and services. These initiatives include:

A market based mechanism to enhance cost effectiveness of improvements in energy efficiency in energy-intensive large industries which facilitate energy saving certificates that could be traded. (Perform Achieve and Trade)

Accelerating the shift to energy efficient appliances in designated sectors through innovative measures to make the products more affordable. (Market Transformation for Energy Efficiency (MTEE))

Creation of mechanisms that would help finance demand side management programme in all sectors by capturing future energy savings. (Energy Efficiency Financing Platform (EEFP))

Developing fiscal instrument to promote energy efficiency namely, Framework for Energy Efficient Economic Development (FEEED).

Baseline study on specific energy consumption for designated consumers of 8 industrial sectors have been initiated for setting targets. Energy Efficiency Financing Platform (EEFP) has been launched. MOUs have been signed with Power Trading Corporation (PTC) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). Six large Govt. buildings have been taken up for financing.

As Panchabuta has reported, there have been pilots that have been either been initiated or in discussion in the smart grid and energy monitoring areas.

Recently, PowerWatch-Canada launched energy monitoring solutions for potential 10 million customers of North Delhi Power Limited.

Just a month ago, Panchabuta had talked about the first pilot project of Smart Grid technology  to be piloted by the distribution utility Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) in its operating zone of Electronic City-Bangalore, India.

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