Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, is being designed as the most energy-efficient in the entire country and the State government is taking all steps to that end, Principal Secretary, Energy, Ajay Jain has said.
Addressing a national workshop for State-designated Agencies (SDAs) on energy-efficiency here on Friday, he said the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) had signed an agreement to design and construct the buildings in Amaravati to achieve maximum energy-efficiency.
The conference was organised by BEE in coordination with AP State Energy Conservation Mission.
Distribution of 2.16 crore LED bulbs in the 13 districts of the State, installation of 6 lakh LED streetlights in all the municipalities beginning with Visakhapatnam in 2014 after the Hudhud cyclone and replacement of old and inefficient agricultural pump-sets with efficient ones were among the steps taken by the State government in the past three years to improve energy- efficiency, Mr. Jain said. The World Bank had ranked the State as the number one in energy-efficiency readiness.
The installation of 40 lakh LED streetlights in all the villages in the State in a phased manner now under way would be completed by March 2019, Mr. Jain said. While it was scheduled to replace one lakh agricultural pump-sets in the first phase, a total of 15 lakh pump-sets, would be replaced in phases. In its effort to create energy-efficient homes, the State government also targeted distribution of one crore LED tubelights and 20 lakh star-rated fans to realise potential of 30 % energy saving, he said.
Director-General of BEE Abhay Bhakre said a pan-India mass movement should be launched to promote the concept of energy efficiency in all fields and sectors with emphasis on citizen involvement. The goals of such initiatives could not be realised by the participation of government agencies alone, he said. Adhering to the Energy Conservation Building Code while designing and constructing new buildings would also be crucial.
Chairman of the A.P. Electricity Regulatory Authority Justice G. Bhavani Prasad said it would not be sufficient to focus on energy-saving in consumption but distribution-related issues would have to be taken into account. The power infrastructure at the village-level should be strengthened to promote energy efficiency. He expressed his happiness at DISCOMs in the State reviewing power interruption based on global standards. He hoped the signing of Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana would further improve financial and operational efficiency.
Principal Secretary (Energy), Meghalaya, M.S. Rao, Adviser to A.P. government K. Raghunathan, CMD of the EPDCL M.M. Nayak and CEO of A.P. Energy Conservation Mission Chandrasekhara Reddy spoke.
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