‘Switching off’ pays off: Delhi saves 229 MW during Earth Hour

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2016 02:03 IST
Lights were turning off at Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate in New Delhi on Saturday (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Switching off lights and electrical appliances during the Earth Hour, Delhi saved around 229 MW of power between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday, as part of the global Earth Hour initiative aimed at energy conservation.

Power major BSES said its twin arms BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna, that caters to large parts of the national capital, saved around 130 MW and 77 MW of electricity each.

“This is more than last year when Delhi had saved around 200 MW,” it said in a statement.

BSES had earlier appealed to its over 37 lakh customers to unequivocally support the event and voluntarily switch off non-essential electrical appliances for an hour.

The Earth Hour also coincided with the India-Pakistan match in the ongoing which started around 8.30pm after being delayed by rain.

Earth Hour is an annual international event created by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund) that urges households and business establishments across the world to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for an hour at the appointed time to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.

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