According to reports, Kerala, which has inspired the nation with its high literacy rate and highest human development index, is gearing up to lead the country in yet another field – energy efficiency.
Talking to TOI on the sidelines of the ‘Business Meet on Energy Audit’ that was held on Friday, S B Sadananda, director, national productivity council, said that just one year after energy audit (EA) was made mandatory, in the state, Kerala has become the topper in energy efficiency.
“In simple terms, EA is a survey to analyze existing energy utilization practices so as to trace areas of wastage and introduce energy saving schemes. By fast implementation of energy conservation methods,through utilization of green energy and promotion of star rated electronic equipments, Kerala has gained a leading position. The other state making a similar effort is Gujarat,” Sadananda said.
It was following a government order that Kerala made it mandatory for designated consumers (high tension installations and high rise buildings) to audit energy. The guidelines were issued by the state power department on January 1, 2011.
K M Dharesan Unnithan, director, Energy Management Centre (EMC), Kerala Power Department, pointed out that the state through the Kerala State Energy Conservation Fund is undertaking several energy conservation activities. “EMC has taken steps to employ LED street lights at 60 municipalities and five corporations and has turned several government buildings including Secretariat, Vikas Bhavan
into model energy efficient buildings. We created history when we replaced 1.27 crore incandescent lamps with CFLs last year. Our future plans include promoting star rated pumps and fans in the state,” EMC director said.
He said that every year KSEB has been adding five lakh consumers, mostly domestic consumers. At present 47% of the electricity was consumed by the domestic sector and EMC was encouraging the users to practice in saving energy.