2012-12-13 11:12:16 - During last 14 years (1999-2012) of Award Scheme, participating units have collectively saved 3,581 MW of avoided generation capacity and achieved monetary saving of Rs. 18,675 crore.
1. The National Energy Conservation day is celebrated every year on the 14th December. This day goes a long way in spreading the message of energy conservation in the society. On this day, Ministry of Power, with the objective of promoting energy efficiency and conservation, presents the Energy Conservation Awards to industries, buildings, zonal railways, state designated agencies, aviation, manufacturers of BEE star-labeled appliances and municipalities and raise awareness that energy conservation plays a big role in India’s response to reducing global warming. The painting competition is held every year at the School, State and National levels under the National Campaign on Energy Conservation undertaken by the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
2. Policies to promote energy efficiency,
along with high energy prices and structural changes in the Indian economy towards service sector have resulted in a sharp decline in energy intensity of the Indian economy. Various energy efficiency policies of Government of India have resulted in an avoided generation capacity to the tune of 10,836 MW during 11th plan period.
3. The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, will inaugurate the function and distribute prizes to the winners of the National Energy Conservation Award and winners of National Level Painting Competition in the gracious presence of Minister of State for Power, Shri. Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, on December 14, 2012, in New Delhi on the National Energy Conservation Day function.
4. The award scheme has been in operation since 1991 and now includes 48 sectors of Industry and other establishments. The energy saving areas identified by participating units suggest the potential for large scale replication and of concrete measures which can help mitigate global warming.
5. The responses among the industrial and commercial units have become very encouraging as is evident from the increasing participation level (from 123 in 1999 to 773 in 2012). An inter-disciplinary Energy Conservation Award Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary Ministry of Power decided the award winners for the current year, with members drawn from Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) National Productivity Council (NPC) and from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The Ministry of Power has also set up a Technical Sub-Committee to assist Award Committee in the finalization of Awards.
6. The Award Committee this year has selected 29 units for First prize, 27 units for Second Prize and 31 units for Certificate of Merit. The awards are recognition of their demonstrated commitment to energy conservation and efficiency.
7. The participating units of 2012 have collectively invested Rs. 1,948 crore in energy conservation measures, and achieved a monetary savings of Rs. 2,886 crore, implying a payback period of 8 months only, once again proving the fact that energy conservation is a least cost option. The participating units have also saved electrical energy of 4,177 Million kWh which is equivalent to the energy generated from a 616 MW thermal power station at a plant load factor (PLF) of 0.775. In other words, these participating units have avoided the installation of power generating capacity equivalent to 616 MW thermal power stations in 2011-12, which would otherwise have been required to meet the power demand of these units.
8. During the last 14 years of the Award Scheme (1999-2012), the participating units have achieved 3,581 MW of avoided generation capacity and saved Rs. 18,675 crores. The investment made on energy efficiency projects were recovered within 18 months only. In energy terms, 22,133 Million kWh of electrical power, 33.65 lakh kilolitre of oil, 149.53 lakh metric tonne of coal and 22.8 billion cubic metre of gas was saved through energy conservation measures of participating units.
9. The progressive industrial units and other establishments have already realized the cost effectiveness of energy conservation measures. Honouring their efforts on National Energy Conservation Day sends a message to thousands of other industrial units and establishments that may have not yet fully utilized their cost effective potential through energy conservation. It is hoped that National Energy Conservation Award Scheme would help in motivating the other energy consumers in joining and promoting of a nationwide energy conservation movement. The summary of this year’s awards is in Annex-I.
10. The Ministry of Power and BEE has also undertaken the National Campaign on Energy Conservation 2012. Under this campaign, School, State and National levels Painting Competition on Energy Conservation was executed. Across the country, 72,532 schools and 30.90 lakh students of 4th, 5th & 6th standard participated in the school level painting competition. This year’s participation was about 50% higher than the previous year, which is quite encouraging.
11. The state level painting competition was held on November 9, 2012, and the first three winners from each 35 states and UTs will be participated in the National Painting Competition on December 12, 2012, to be held in Noida. The young artists have come up with inspiring ideas with their impressive paintings.
12. The National level winners of the Painting Competition will be awarded with cash prizes: First prize of Rs.1, 00,000, (1no.) Second prize (4 nos.) of Rs.50, 000 each, Third prize (8 nos.) of Rs.25, 000 each and Consolation prize of Rs. 10,000 each (20 nos) on the National Energy Conservation Day function. Eight trophies are also presented to State/UT level Nodal Officers and State Education Secretaries. (Total Prizes: 41 Nos.)
13. The interest in energy conservation that has been generated among children and their parents as a result of this painting competition suggests that it is meeting its original objectiveness of enhancing awareness in this area. It is now an instrumental activity in creating mass awareness on the use of energy, particularly in the domestic sector.
SALIENT FEATURES OF NATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION AWARDS -2012
Annual Achievement by participating units from Industry, thermal power stations, office buildings, BPO buildings, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, zonal railways, municipalities, State Designated Agencies and manufacturers of BEE Star labeled appliances/equipment in the year 2011-12
1. MONETARY SAVINGS
Annual Savings : Rs. 2886 Crores
One Time Investment : Rs. 1948 Crores
Average Payback Period : 8 months
2. ANNUAL ENERGY SAVINGS
Electricity : 4177 Million kWh (or Avoided Capacity Equivalent to a 616 MW Thermal Power Station)
Furnace Oil : 2.65 Lakhs Kilo Liters (kL)
Gas : 4303 Lakhs Cubic Meters
Coal : 25.53 Lakhs Metric Tonnes (MT)
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