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Consumers advised to use star-rated appliances to save power

According to reports, Andhra Pradesh has become a role model in setting up State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) to prepare a comprehensive action plan involving all to popularise star-rated appliances and sensitise people on power conservation, according to APEPDCL Chairman and Managing Director M.V. Seshagiri Babu.

Addressing a press conference along with SECM Chief Executive Officer A. Chandra Sekhara Reddy here, he said APEPCL would form an energy conservation cell soon and appoint a nodal officer in-charge of it for regular monitoring of ‘save power’ campaign.

Mr. Babu said APEDPCL had taken the lead in using solar energy by installing solar panels atop the roof its corporate office and initiated several measures to provide incentives to the users through net metering.

Mr. Reddy said despite having sufficient installed capacity for generating 17,000 MW and adequate transmission and distribution network,

AP had been facing almost 10 per cent deficit in terms of peak hour power demand (around 1500 MW) as well as in energy terms.

He attributed shortage of fuel mainly gas at reasonable price being the main constraint in meeting the growing power demand. The number of consumers has increased from 1.10 crore in 2000 to 2.58 crore. The agriculture connections have also gone up from 19.39 lakh to 32.98 lakh during the same period – second highest in the country next to Maharashtra.

The per capita consumption in AP is 550 units during 2000, which has increased to 950 units ahead of national average of 815 units.

Mr. Reddy said over 15 per cent power could be saved easily through efficient use like switching over to LED lightings, using star-rated equipment and appliances, switching off lights and air-conditioners when not in use.

To a question, he said the transmission corridor constraint between Northern and Southern Grid did not allow import of surplus power from Northern States and the recent commissioning of transmission line between Sholapur and Raichur would enable availability of surplus power from July 2014 so as to ease the present problem to some extent.

He said UK Government had promised to extend assistance to the State in sharing latest technologies/best practices in energy efficiency.

Premier institutes such as Rural Electrification Corporation and University of Hyderabad have also promised support to SECM to carry forward innovative and creative programmes.

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