The bygone financial year has left behind a trail of milestones —10 GW of solar installations, 30 GW of wind and 50 GW of all renewable energy (which includes small hydro and biomass). These milestones have been duly recognised and celebrated. However, there is one more, which has gone unnoticed.
Towards the end of 2016-17, India had saved enough through its energy efficiency measures to free up 10 GW of capacity during peak hours — there is 10 GW less load on the grid during peak hours. That is rich. A new 10 GW thermal power project today comes with a price tag of ₹70,000 crore.
These savings have mainly come from two of the many programmes of the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency — the ‘Ujala scheme’, which strives to achieve energy savings by replacing incandescent bulbs with LED, and the ‘Perform, Achieve, Trade (PAT) scheme’, which eggs on named industries to introduce energy saving measures.
Official data puts avoided generation under Ujala at 5,905 MW and under the PAT at 5,635 MW. By the looks of it, it is just the beginning.
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