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Powering Initiatives : Rajendra Kumar, Secretary-Government of NCT of Delhi

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The awareness campaign made for the utilisation of alternate sources of energy and its benefit through various methods such as Bhagidari Meeting with Resident Welfare Authorities (RWAs), advertisement in daily newspapers and publicity on FM radio channels.”

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre was established by Delhi Transco Limited (DTL). Why was it established?

The Energy Conservation Act 2001 was enacted on 29th September 2001 to provide efficient use of energy and its conservation. As per Section 15(d) of the Act, state government may designate any agency as a designated body to coordinate, regulate and enforce provisions of this Act within the state. Subsequently, Delhi Transco Limited was nominated as a Nodal Agency on 08-04-05 under EC Act 2001 and vide notification dated 28-07-06 issued by Principal Secretary (Power) in the name of Lt. Governor, NCT of Delhi. Further, the DTL Board, vide its resolution no. 26.2.17 passed on 23-06-06 approved the creation of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre. The EE&REM function was to perform role of “SDA” under EC Act 2001 on the behalf of DTL and to promote the use of renewable energy. Presently, the EE&REM centre has been transferred to Urban Department, Delhi Government.

What are the initiatives taken by Department of Power for creating awareness for utilising the alternate sources of energy by common people and different government departments?

The Department of Power has taken various initiatives for energy conservations. The use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Electronic chokes has been made mandatory in government buildings / government aided institutions/ Boards / Corporations. The government has also made the use of Solar Water Heaters mandatory in hotels, motels, institutes, hostels, residential colonies etc. The awareness campaign made for the utilisation of alternate sources of energy and its benefit through various methods such as Bhagidari Meeting with Resident Welfare Authorities (RWAs), advertisement in daily newspapers, publicity on FM radio channels, digital display on the hoardings, various exhibitions of national and international levels. Moreover booklets and posters on ‘Akshay Urja’ in 1500 schools in Delhi and creation of Energy Conservation Clubs having 1200 students and 75 schools as members is also being done.

In many states street lights are powered through solar energy. What is happening on this front in Delhi?

The work of street lighting which is to be powered through solar energy is under consideration.

What are the incentives given to non commercial institutions for using alternative sources of energy?

An incentive of INR 6000/- per unit of 100 litres subject to maximum of INR 60000/- shall be given to the non-Commercial institutions like hostels, religious establishments, charitable institutions, and group housing societies for installation of Solar Water Heater. 

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