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Bureau of Energy Efficiency to add more products under energy saving norms

According to reports,the Bureau of Energy Efficiency plans to add more products under the mandatory energy efficiency labelling drive bringing in water heaters, direct cool refrigerators and television sets.

However, it is yet to finalise the timeline for bringing them into the mandatory products as manufacturers would also need to gear up to make such products.

Already it is mandatory for split air-conditioners, frost-free refrigerators, fluorescent lamps, distribution transformers to conform to the energy labelling norms. These norms help consumers buy the right product and save on power consumption.

A statutory body of the Union Power Ministry, the Bureau is seeking to make it mandatory to purchase only energy savings rated products for all procurement by the Government agencies.

Mr. S.P. Garnaik, Energy Economist, BEE, said that the Government is seeking to save about 2308 MW during the XII Five year Plan through energy saving measures.

Of this, 400 MW, which is equivalent to about Rs. 2000 crore at Rs. 5 crore per mw, is the planned saving from energy-efficient air-conditioners sold over the next five years.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr. Garnaik said that the energy efficiency norms for split air-conditioners have been rated higher by about 8 per cent this year from January 2012.

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