June 9, 2016: With the aim to reduce power consumption in Jammu and Kashmir, the government is all set to replace compact fluorescent lamps and incandescent bulbs with LED lamps across entire households of the state.
J&K lacks energy and has to depend upon power purchases from Northern region grid to fulfill its needs particularly during the winter season when demand peaks and its own generation decreases in a drastic manner. Also, the state is facing an income realization gap of around Rs 3000 crore on a yearly basis.
Reduction of power consumption
Now with the scheme of LED distribution among customers, officials say that this will aid in reduction of power consumption in the state.
The scheme is expected to start anytime soon and under it power development department will hand out 80 lakh LED bulbs in the state which will assist in reducing peak demand in the state by around 250 MW and will save energy consumption by 260 mKWh. This will resilt in an annual saving of around Rs 130 crore, the official informed.
The official also said that the government will offer 5 LED lamps of 9W each to each registered customer at Rs 20 per lamp against the market value of Rs 300 to 400 each. At the appeal of customers, more than 5 LEDs will also be made accessible at a price of around Rs 100.
J&K households to light up with LED lamps
The state has purchased power about Rs 30,000 crore for the past 10 years with a revenue realization gap of Rs 3,000 on a yearly basis therefore putting an enormous load on the state exchequer.
The official said that up to now the government has not been successful in reducing the gap of revenue realization. The LED allocation is a powerful initiative which will aid the state to decrease power consumption.
The state has a potential of hydroelectricity of 20,000 MWs of which the Centre owned NHPC generates 2009 MW from its seven power plants of which the state receives 13% share. On the other hand, the state owned corporation, SPDC generates about 800 MWs of power.