The distribution of energy efficient appliances including LED bulbs, LED tube lights and energy efficient fans will be taken up at select retail outlets of Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL)
New Delhi: In a bid to boost the government’s Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) scheme, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the ministry of power today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) for distribution of energy-efficient appliances across petrol pumps.
According to the agreement, the distribution of energy efficient appliances including LED bulbs, LED tube lights and energy efficient fans will be taken up at select retail outlets of Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL).
“Both UJALA & Ujjwala are clean energy movements aimed at making lives of poor easier. The MoU between EESL and OMCs is a partnership for the smart people who want to save electricity,” Power, coal, renewable energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal said at the signing ceremony.
Goyal also added India would be the first country in the world to shift 100 per cent to using LEDs for its lighting needs by 2019. As part of the pact, EESL will make the entire upfront investment for ensuring availability of the products at the outlets and no upfront capital cost will be borne by OMCs barring manpower and space, EESL said in a statement.
“The consumer can purchase high quality 9 Watt LED bulbs for Rs 70, 20 Watt LED tube light for Rs 220 and five-star rated ceiling fans for Rs 1,200,” EESL said. The power ministry aims to use the vast network of the three-public sector OMCs of over 54,500 petrol Retail Outlets (ROs) throughout India.
Currently, over 255 million LED bulbs, over 3.6 million LED tubelights and around 1.15 million energy efficient fans have been distributed in the country under the UJALA scheme. This has resulted in annual energy savings of over 33,400 million units of power and avoided peak demand of 6,725 MW, the statement added.
According to EESL, the scheme is estimated to lead to cumulative cost reduction in bills of consumers of over Rs 13,346 crore annually apart from reduction of around 27 million tonne of carbon emissions every year.
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