Energy transitions are never easy and there are always mixed messages. While India is still using coal and other fossil fuels far too much there are encouraging developments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. A news item in the New Indian Express states that Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu is requiring his officials to study best practices on energy efficiency from leading countries. This is something we all should be doing.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directs officials to adopt best practices for energy conservation
As part of the endeavour to provide the benefits of energy efficiency and energy conservation to the consumers and achieve the estimated energy saving potential of 19,079 million units by 2020 in domestic and industrial sector alone, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday directed the energy department and power utilities to study the best practices of energy efficiency from advanced countries like UK, USA, China and South Korea.
The Chief Minister emphasised the need for entering energy efficiency partnership programmes with prestigious global firms which will immensely benefit the State in the long term for giving affordable power to consumers and achieving sustainable economic development of the State.
Reviewing the status and impact of the existing and proposed EE and renewable energy sources with officials on Sunday ahead of the commencement of the National Energy Conservation Week (December 14-20), the Chief Minister asked the officials to adopt global technologies in thermal power stations under the APGENCO for reducing pollutants.
He directed the officials concerned to ensure participation of public in a large way in the energy conservation movement, as without their participation, success of any programme cannot be guaranteed.
Expressing his satisfaction over the progress made in the energy sector in last three and half years, he, however, said that he will be only happy when there are very marginal interruptions and highly qualitative reliable power supply at global standards on par with advanced countries.
While responding to a query of the Chief Minister with regard to his previous direction of adopting a special mechanism to provide most energy efficient electrical appliances to the consumers, the officials briefed the details of the proposed EE package submitted to Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC).