BEE Set to Enhance Energy Efficiency Within Building Sector in Andhra Pradesh

The official statement said adoption of energy efficiency measures would give multiple benefits such as a minimum of 20 percent energy saving as compared to a typical building, improve thermal comfort (cooling) inside the house, reduce electricity bills, provide natural ventilation and healthier environment and make the cost-effective housing possible

September 02, 2019. By News Bureau

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has announced that it has guaranteed that it would showcase Andhra Pradesh as the best energy efficient state in building sector, even as the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficient Project (BEEP) Agency has approved in principle to take up energy efficient buildings as demonstration projects at state and city level.

According to an official statement, executing energy efficiency standards in residential, commercial and institutional buildings will become a great boon to the state helping it to achieve huge energy and economic savings. This sector accounts for about 31 percent of the total electricity consumed at national level now and is second only to the industrial sector.

BEE director Saurabh Diddi, on behalf of director-general of BEE, Abhay Bhakre has assured AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) that the BEE was ready to support the state and provide global technology in the field of energy efficiency. He said the residential building sector is expected to double in terms of floor area by 2030 from 2017 level. With increasing construction and affordability of air-conditioning, residential buildings would soon become the highest consumer of electricity, consuming about 37 percent of the total electricity consumption by 2030, he said.

While the Union government is planning to build nearly one crore houses by March 31, 2022, Andhra Pradesh government alone has proposed lakhs of new homes to economically weaker and low income group families in coming years. If the Indo-Swiss technology through the residential ECBC is used in this houses, the beneficiaries would get energy efficient and healthier homes.

The official statement said adoption of energy efficiency measures would give multiple benefits such as minimum of 20 percent energy saving as compared to a typical building, improve thermal comfort (cooling) inside the house, reduce electricity bills, provide natural ventilation and healthier environment and make the cost-effective housing possible.

"It is estimated to save 125 billion units of electricity for the period of 2018-2030 in building sector by implementing energy efficiency measures and abate 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the same period," Saurabh said.

Energy secretary N Srikant emphasized the need for SECM to continuously pursue with BEE and Indo-Swiss agency to materialize all benefits. AP has a potential to save 14,494 million units with monetary savings of Rs 8,725 crore in different sectors such as domestic, industrial, agriculture and street lighting.

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