As the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change begins on Monday, the Plan panel has said that it's time discoms sourced a part of their needs from green energy producers, besides favouring energy efficiency norms for all household appliances.
The government has to encourage development of green energy sources by asking power distribution companies (discoms) to source a part of their requirements from the producers of non-conventional energy, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters on the sidelines of a CII conference on Clean Technologies in New Delhi on Monday.
"I will say that electrical appliances, refrigerators, television ... Can have energy-efficiency norms. We won't be the only country to do this, this is happening around the world," he said.
The government, Ahluwalia said, has been trying to encourage development of non-conventional energy and raise energy efficiency as part of the recently unveiled integrated energy policy.
"In the integrated energy policy, we have drawn attention to this and also in the National Action Plan for Climate Change. One of the obvious things we can do is to move to much better fuel efficiency standards ...And the Bureau of Energy Efficiency is doing a lot of work on this," he added.