MP to sell energy-efficient fans at subsidised rate
In a bid to promote use of energy-efficient electronic devices, the state government is planning to sell energy-efficient fans and tube lights at subsidised rates. After selling 65 lakh LED bulbs at rates less than market price, the government plans to start selling the fans on October 15 ahead of Diwali. Manu Srivastava, managing director Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd, said, “The fans with five star energy efficiency rating will be provided at a rate of `1150, less than the market price of `1800. Similarly, 20W tube lights will be sold at `230 each. The 9 watt LED bulb gives light equal to 100 incandescent bulbs.” On Friday, the state government unveiled its new decentralized renewable energy policy 2016 titled “Smile on Every Roof”. Under the initiative, it introduced net-metering that helps deduct cost of electricity generated via renewable energy from power bills.
To push efficient use of energy and its conservation, the state government designated Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd as State designated agency in 2004 and set up Energy Management Cell, which is now under department of new and renewable energy. MPUVN creates awareness about benefits of energy conservation and renewable energy. The government is focusing on promoting greater use of renewable energy and efficiently use it through innovative measures under the ambit of Energy Conservation Act 2001. The Energy Conservation Act (EC Act) was enacted in 2001 with the aim to reduce energy intensity of the Indian economy. Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) was set up as the statutory body in March 2002 to facilitate implementation of the EC Act.