This one step to bring about a revolution in power sector, generate employment.
"In next three years metering will go smartly prepaid, and gone will be the days of bills reaching your house. So need of the hour is to scale up manufacturing of smart prepaid meters and to bring down their prices,"saidShri R K Singh, Minister of State(IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy.
The Power Minister advised the manufacturers to scale up the manufacturing of smart prepaid meters as the demand would be huge in coming years. The Minister also advised the officials of the Ministry to consider making smart prepaid meters mandatory after a particular date.
This will revolutionise the power sector by way of reduced AT&C losses, better health of DISCOMs, incentivisationofenergy conservation and ease of bill payments etc. Further, it will generate skilled employment for the youth.
The meeting discussed various aspects of smart meters,e.g. BIS certification, compatibility with RF/GPRS, harmonisation with existing digital infrastructure etc. It was also agreed that all technical aspectswouldbe further deliberated into in consultation with meter manufacturers, DISCOMs and system integrators.
Shri R.K Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable has launched a campaign to promote energy efficiency in the area of air-conditioning. Speaking on occasion, he said "Every one-degree increase in the air-conditioner temperature setting results in saving of 6 per cent of electricity consumed. Normal human body temperature is approximately 36-37 degree celsius, but a large number of commercial establishments, hotels and offices maintain a temperature around 18-21 degree celsius. This is not only uncomfortable but is unhealthy. Setting the temperature in the range of 18-21 degree celsius compels people to wear warm clothing or use blankets; therefore, this is wastage of energy. Some countries like Japan have put in place regulation to keep the temperature at 28 degree celsius".
Therefore, under the guidance of Ministry of Power, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has carried out a study and has recommended that the default setting in the air-conditioning should be at 24 degree celsius. The new campaign will result in substantial energy savings and also reduce greenhouse gas emission.
To begin with, this will be an advisory to be issued to all establishments and manufacturers. A meeting with significant air-conditioner manufacturers was held today under the Chairmanship of Shri RK Singh, where the manufacturers were advised to keep the default setting of air conditioners at 24 degree celsius and also to carry out labeling indicating the optimum temperature setting for the benefits of consumers both from financial and their health points of view. These temperatures setting will be in the range of 24-26 degree celsius.
After an awareness campaign of 4-6 months, followed by a survey to gather public feedback, the Ministry of Power would consider making this mandatory. If all the consumers adopt, this will result in savings of 20 billion units of electricity in one year alone.
All the manufacturers and associations of air-conditioner manufacturers present in the meeting have agreed on this and appreciated it as a step in the right direction. Accordingly, they have decided to support this campaign.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency informed that considering the current market trend, total connected load in India due to air conditioning would be 200 GW by 2030 and this may further increase as today only about 6 per cent of households are using air conditioners. As per the current estimate total installed air conditioner capacity is 80 million TR (a ton of refrigerator) in the country, which will increase to about 250 million TR by 2030. Considering this huge demand, approximately 40 million units of electricity usage every day can be saved.
The targeted commercial buildings will include airports, hotels, shopping malls, officers and government buildings. This initiative is launched on a voluntary basis to increase awareness and encourage consumers to adopt the guidelines.
Draft on amendments to Electricity Act to be circulated soon. Minister of State(IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R K Singhchaired the ‘Review, Planning and Monitoring (RPM) Meeting’ with the secretaries of power/energy departments of the States/UTs and Managing Directors of the Power Utilities here, today. The meeting discussed the progress of work under Saubhagya, Gram SwarajAbhiyan and DeenDayalUpadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna. This was the first RPM meeting after achieving the 100 per cent village electrification.
Shri R K Singh congratulated all states for achieving the 100 per cent village electrification and exhorted them to work further for universal household electrification under Saubhagya.The Minister assured the states of all possible support in this regard. He also asked the state officials to give suggestions on the revised draft of tariff policy keeping in mind the long-term health of the sector. Shri Singh said that draft on amendments to Electricity Act would also be circulated soon.
Addressing the meeting, Shri A K Bhalla, secretary, power asked the states to maintain the momentum generated by the Gram SwarajAbhiyan.
In the meeting, discussions were held on various aspects of the rural electrification,e.g., availability of trained manpower and material, incoming monsoon and tendering process at local level etc. Representatives of the states and union territories shared their experiences and best practices and expressed their commitment to worktowards the universal household electrification.
The union and state officials made presentations during the meeting,and ‘Feeder Manager Awards’ for a reduction in AT&C losses were given away by ShriSanjivNandanSahai, additional secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India.
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