Nov 9, 2016: Having achieved a whopping saving of 1,500 million units in two years through LEDs, the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) is set to enact legislation for energy efficiency and conservation across the state.
Addressing a press conference in Vijayawada, Principal Secretary (Energy and Infrastructure) Ajay Jain said, “We are working on a model Act for energy efficiency and conservation in the state. This is in tune with the recommendation of the World Bank which has ranked AP as the number one state in India in implementing energy efficiency programmes.”
Further he said that energy efficiency programmes till now did not have any legislative support, but the proposed law is aimed at making energy conservation and efficiency compulsory. Work has already started on the legislation which will make use of advanced appliances compulsory and incentivise the users, Jain added.
Having achieved a remarkable score of 42.01, AP has emerged number one in energy efficiency readiness index as per the World Bank study, followed by Rajasthan 41.89, Karnataka 39.34 and Maharashtra 39.29.
On the other side, power distribution companies are losing revenues and suffering a loss of at least Rs 3 per unit, according to a spokesperson from State Energy Conservation Mission. However, the mission is treating this only as a welfare measure, added the spokesperson.