• Andhra Pradesh power utility bags top spot in energy conservation in India

    City-based Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (APEPDCL) bagged the top spot in energy conservation among all 44 distribution companies in the country. The union ministry of power, coal, new and renewable energy and mines announced the results at the National level Energy Conservation Day celebrations held in New Delhi on Wednesday. APEPDCL CMD MM Nayak received the prize from union minister of power Piyush Goyal.

    Speaking to TOI, Nayak said the discom received the award due to the several energy conservation schemes and measures it has implemented in its jurisdiction.

    “We have been able to save nearly 626.18 MU (million units) of power since the introduction of those schemes from 2015-16 fiscal. We hope that the savings will cross more than 1,000 MU from the next fiscal. This year, we consumed nearly 12,006 MU of power from April to November against nearly 16,000 MU in previous fiscal,” he said.

    Meanwhile, a senior official from APEPDCL said, “Distribution of 79.20 lakh LED bulbs to 39.60 lakh consumers in five districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari helped us save energy up to 644.10 MU from February 2015 to November 2016. This apart, the discom saved nearly 0.88 MU by distributing 38,730 five-star rated fans to its consumers in Narsapuram in West Godavari district on a pilot basis.”

    “We now plan to distribute five-star rated fans to eligible consumers in the remaining areas under the discom’s jurisdiction from the next financial year,” Nayak added.

    Coming to the Rooftop Solar Net Metering programme, Nayak said APEPDCL saved 7,78,320 units of power per month by synchronising 5.405MW of power to the AP Grid. Similarly, the discom saved 20.65 MU by installing 2,978 solar agriculture pump sets in the discom limits.

    “By installing 1,93,540 LED street lights in five districts, the discom saved 25.35 MU of power in a year,” Nayak said, adding that the discom was still continuing to incur only 5.48% transmission and distribution losses, which is the best in the country. Hines Ward Authentic Jersey

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