‘Shortfall can be met with optimal use of energy’
The daily power blackout in several parts of India because of electricity shortfall could soon be history, if the country uses energy efficient-appliances, a government study has found, reports Chetan Chauhan.delhi Updated: Mar 16, 2010 00:34 IST
The daily power blackout in several parts of India because of electricity shortfall could soon be history, if the country uses energy efficient-appliances, a government study has found.
A study by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), which implements energy efficiency policies, has found that India can save 75.36 billion kilowatt hour of power every year (two billion kw hours more than India’s energy shortfall).
India’s yearly power consumption is 577.5 billion kilowatt hour.
“The current power shortages can be significantly eased by tapping the large, uncovered potential in all areas,” the report said.
Seema Arora, head, climate and energy division at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), agrees with the report but says the government needs to promote energy efficiency proactively.
The study is based on energy audits of certain appliances in sample districts of all states.
The study says most energy efficiency projects have “paybacks between one to four years and can yield quick results,” while asking states to promote energy efficiency in a big manner.
And, two sectors — agriculture and domestic power — can contribute over 60 per cent of the total energy efficiency potential.
“Using energy efficient BEE star-labelled agriculture pumps could result in saving 50-52 per cent of energy consumption,” the report said.
Similarly, the study found that using energy efficiency appliances such as BEE-rated refrigerators, air-conditioners, lights and fans could reduce the monthly electricity bill by 28 to 38 per cent.