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PCL moots mandatory energy savers

TAKING A cue from Haryana, the UPPCL has proposed to make use of energy savers and energy efficient equipment in government and commercial buildings mandatory. The proposal is awaiting the State Government?s nod.

india Updated: May 21, 2006 01:31 IST

TAKING A cue from Haryana, the UPPCL has proposed to make use of energy savers and energy efficient equipment in government and commercial buildings mandatory. The proposal is awaiting the State Government’s nod.

Faced with the widening demand-supply gap in the State and coupled with the Centre’s pressure for enforcing the Energy Conservation Act 2001, the UPPCL is preparing to embark upon an energy efficiency drive.

As a first significant step in this direction, it has sent a proposal to the State’s energy department to make it mandatory for government buildings and the commercial establishments to use the CFLs and energy efficient equipment to save electricity.

The Haryana Government has made use of solar energy water heaters compulsory in government buildings, cinema halls, and other commercial establishments.

Use of capacitors on all private tubewells, and use of CFLs, and energy savers in all government buildings has been made mandatory. The use of bulbs in new buildings stands banned in Haryana and in old buildings bulbs can be replaced with energy savers/CFLs alone.

The UPPCL has discovered that 18 per cent of the total electricity is spent on lighting in the State and feels that 80 per cent of it can be saved by use of energy savers.

Besides, said senior engineer and Energy Conservation Committee chairman Shailendra Dubey, orders for using energy savers in the offices of all the power corporations and powerhouses had already been issued and reminders were being sent for compliance. Retired employees of all the power corporations were being asked to use energy savers on their premises, he said.

The streetlights have been found to be the biggest culprits as far as wastage of electricity is concerned. There is a proposal to issue directions to the municipalities by the government for installing timer on/off on the streetlights.

A change in air-conditioning system is also proposed. The AC manufacturing units are to be urged to use 0.6 KW ton compressors in ACs for energy efficiency.