Our’s is a pro-farmer State: Ajay Jain
Our’s is a pro-farmer State, Energy, Infrastructure and Investment Principal Secretary Mr. Ajay Jain, IAS said. In the last three years energy conservation and efficiency had taken a new dimension, he added. The state government is giving utmost importance to agriculture sector and has been distributing one lakh energy efficient solar pump sets to farmers at free of cost for replacing inefficient and energy intensive pump sets, he said.
“This initiative will be taken up in a phased manner across the state and the government is determined to bring into use 15 lakh energy efficient pump sets,” he noted. In case of domestic sector, nearly 2.4 crore LED bulbs covering all households in 13 districts have been distributed and 6 lakh LED lights were installed in 110 municipalities since October 2014, Mr. Ajay Jain said.
Speaking at a two-day national workshop for State Designated Agencies (SDA) organised by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in collaboration with AP Energy Conservation Mission in Visakhapatnam last fortnight, Mr. Ajay Jain said with the setting up of LED streetlights in all villages by March 2019, estimated energy savings per year was pegged at 444 million units (MU) and the net benefit would be Rs 669 crore over 10 years.
All the government departments, courts in the state and other agencies were focusing on energy efficiency, he said and added that more than 30-40 per cent energy can be saved by adopting these measures.
Director-General of BEE, Mr. Abhay Bhakre, said a pan-India mass movement should be launched to promote the concept of energy efficiency in all fields and sectors. He said the Energy Conservation Building Code should be adhered to, while designing and constructing new buildings. Chairman of the AP Electricity Regulatory Authority, Justice Mr. G Bhavani Prasad, said it would not be sufficient to focus on energy-saving in consumption, but generation and distribution would have to be taken into account. The power infrastructure at the village level should be strengthened to promote energy efficiency.
Mr. MS Rao,IAS Principal Secretary (Home), Meghalaya; Mr. Chandrasekhara Reddy, CEO of AP Energy Conservation Mission; Mr. K. Raghunathan, adviser to the AP Government; and Mr. M M Naik, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director of the AP Eastern Power Distribution Corporation Ltd, spoke.