According to reports, the State Government has decided to install energy efficiency devices in office buildings, official residences and street lighting system to save energy.
The State-run Grid Corporation of Odisha Limited (Gridco) and the Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) have been asked to take the lead by initiating measures like energy auditing and installation of energy saving devices in their office buildings and residential colonies.
A study conducted by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in the Ministry of Power said that there is huge potential for energy conservation in different sectors including agriculture, water supply and street lighting in urban areas through best practices and use of energy efficient equipment and mechanism.
While around 20 per cent energy savings can be achieved on the domestic or household front, at the agricultural end, 30 per cent energy can be saved in pump sets alone.
Around 20 per cent energy can be saved in commercial buildings and establishments while urban local bodies can cut down consumption by 23 per cent and industries by seven per cent.
“Energy audits conducted so far have shown enormous energy conservation potential which can be realised through implementation of energy efficiency projects and programmes. It is felt that all the office buildings, colony street lighting and new buildings under the GRIDCO and OPTCL must have substantial energy saving potential like other Government buildings,” said an Energy department communication to Gridco and OPTCL.
The Energy Department has also requested the Science and Technology Department to install energy saving LED lamps and solar street lights in 30 urban local bodies (ULBs) across the State.
The street lighting of remote areas done through solar energy by S&T department has substantial energy potential. The department has been requested to demonstrate the energy saving potential in at least one ULB in each district.
The BEE in collaboration with Emerson Climate Technologies (India) Private Limited (ECTPL) had launched an extensive awareness campaign across the country on energy-efficient appliances with focus on air conditioners. Air conditioners account for over 60 per cent of the electricity consumption in a household.