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AP plans offering incentives to energy saving industries

According to reports, the Andhra Pradesh Government is working on modalities to offer incentives to industries thatbring about savings in their process through energy efficiency measures.

A Green Factory Code will also be shortly announced whose objective is to encourage savings in high energy consuming industrial establishments.

During the Fifth State Energy Conservation Mission meeting held here today, P.K. Mohanty, State Chief Secretary, highlighted the importance of energy saving and various measures initiated by the Government.

During the meeting, he said, “Energy intensity, which is measure of energy required for unit of GDP growth in India is twice that of other developed countries.

“Reducing energy intensity must be our top priority by improving energy efficiency.”

According to the integrated energy policy of the Planning Commission, the electricity saving potential for a year on demand side is about 15 per cent (15 billion units) of the total electricity demand.

By improving efficiency and bringing down losses, a significant demand-supply gap could be met, he said.

The State Government expects to facilitate addition of about 1000 MW of wind energy and 500 MW solar energy every year during the XII Plan.

The Government is planning to utilise the entire force of self-help groups for creation of awareness about energy efficiency programmes.

The State has about 10 lakh self-help groups with 1.2 core women members.

A memorandum of understanding with the UK Government will be signed shortly for sharing global best practices in energy savings. A comprehensive roadmap for energy efficiency improvement is also under preparation.

As a part of Government move to encourage energy saving, the Confederation of Indian Industry has been requested to institute awards for industries that adopt best energy efficient management practices.

A Japanese company has made a baseline study in Cherlapally industrial estate area on energy efficiency measures.

In about six months, the model practised here is planned to be replicated in other industrial areas of the State.

The Mission has come out with broad areas of savings sector-wise.

According to the Mission’s calculations, there is potential to save about 15,105 million units across domestic, industrial, Government and local bodies and in agriculture sectors.

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