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TSREDCO: Propelling Telangana towards a greener future

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N Janaiah, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, TSREDCO

Mandated to implement all renewable energy programmes and energy conservation activities in the youngest state of India, the Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited is at the forefront of managing, planning and preparation of policies for Telangana to realise its non- conventional energy potential, says N Janaiah, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, TSREDCO Ltd, in conversation with Jyoti Bhagat of Elets News Network (ENN).

What is the mandate of TSREDCO?

Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited (TSREDCO) is the State Nodal Agency (SNA) for Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the State Designated Agency (SDA) for Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, nominated by Government of Telangana, for implementing all renewable energy programmes and energy conservation activities in the state, respectively. TSREDCO is also State Nodal Agency (SNA) for implementation of setting up of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Accordingly, TSREDCO is implementing various renewable energy programmes and energy conservation activities in due consultation with MNRE and BEE, respectively.

What are the main objectives of TSREDCO?

TSREDCO’s main objectives include planning and preparation of policies for promoting renewable energy & energy conservation; encourage and promote renewable energy activities and energy conservation activities; M&V of initiated renewable energy technologies; and import, upgrade and adapt upcoming technologies in areas of renewable energy.

What are the renewable energy activities in the state in terms of biomass, solar, wind, mini hydel, and waste-based power projects?

Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in the state consists of solar, wind, biomass, bagasse, mini hydel and waste to energy-based power projects, such as MSW and industrial waste, etc. Current energy mix of Telangana is coal-dominated. Government of Telangana has recognised the importance of renewable energy and taking required steps in increasing renewable energy share in the state. Telangana has large untapped non-conventional energy potential. Total installed capacity of renewable energy sources is at 24 percent of the total contracted capacity.

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What is the renewable energy potential and status of RE projects in the state?

Telangana has a vast solar potential with average solar insolation of nearly 5.5 kWh/ m2 for more than 300 sunshine days. Solar power generation potential is estimated at 20.41 GW in the state. The wind energy potential of Telangana is 4.2 GW, while biomass resource potential is 0.49 GW.

To encourage solar power generation, the Telangana Government has announced Telangana Solar Power Policy 2015 by giving suitable incentives and promotional benefits to the developers. Wind Policy and Solar-Wind Hybrid Policy and Electric Vehicle Policy are under active consideration of the government.

Status of RE Projects: Below table describes the status of RE projects in the state

S. No. Resource Cumulative capacity commissioned (In MW)
1. Solar Energy 3636.48
1. Solar Energy 3636.48
2. Wind Energy 128.10
3. Biomass based 60.10
4. Co-Generation with Bagasse 137.93
5. Municipal Solid Waste 18.60
6. Industrial Waste 22.50
7. Small Hydro 40.61
8. Biomass Co-Generation non-bagasse 14.50

What are the energy conservation activities being undertaken in the state?

As SDA, TSREDCO is promoting energy conservation activities in Telangana under the provisions of Energy Conservation Act 2001. Following initiatives for promotion of energy conservation and energy efficiency measures are being taken up in the state with the support of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India and Government of Telangana.

Demand Side Management: Telangana State is successfully implementing the Demand Side Management activities for the reduction of energy consumption at Municipal and Panchayat level. Hyderabad is the only city that has replaced more than four lakh existing energy in-efficient streetlights with energy efficient LED Streetlights in India. The programme has avoided the energy demand by 40 MW only in Hyderabad. Other than Hyderabad, the same programme is implemented in remaining 72 ULBs. The same initiative is also under progress in various Gram Panchayats of state through RURBAN, ESCO & CAPEX model.

DSM through Market Transformation of Energy Efficient appliances: TSREDCO exclusively implementing 9W LED Blub Programme at affordable price to all the consumers. Further TSREDCO is going to distribute the Energy Efficient BLDC fans and LED Tube lights at affordable price to all the consumers in the state.

Energy Conservation Building Code: Telangana is the first state in India which made ECBC as mandatory for the commercial buildings and other nonresidential buildings that have a plot area of more than 1000 square meters or built up area of 2000 square meters. ECBC is mandatory for certain categories of buildings such as multiplexes, hospitals, hotels, and convention centers irrespective of their built up area. ECBC implementation through the online Development Permission Management System (DPMS) of all urban local bodies with a certification by the empanelled ECBC Third Party Assessors is the successful approach developed and implementing the same made the state to become role model to the other states in implementation of ECBC in India. As on date more than 150 ECBC certified commercial buildings are in Telangana.

Perform, Achieve and Trade: For improving the energy efficiency in the Generation companies, Distribution companies and other large scale industries, BEE has initiated Performa Achieve and Trade (PAT) Scheme which is one of the major activity under National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE), a prestigious mission of National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). TSREDCO is working with all the designated consumers, BEE and other stakeholders in effective implementation of the Scheme in the state.

TSREDCO is also working with BEE in improving the energy efficiency in the SMEs through cluster approach.

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Which initiatives have been undertaken by TSREDCO in conducting awareness workshops and training programmes for promoting energy conservation?

TSREDCO has implemented various awareness campaigns and capacity building programmes across the state for the promotion of energy conservation which is as follows:

Student Capacity Building Programme:

Under the Student Capacity Building Programme of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, 170 energy clubs have been established in government schools and various programmes have been conducted such as energy consumption calculations in the school, quiz competition, debate competition, awareness campaigns and painting competition.

  • Hands on training programme to the technicians and operators in Industries and Commercial buildings.
  • TSREDCO through the ECBC cell has trained more than 500 professionals on ECBC through various training programmes and workshops.
  • TSREDCO also signed a tripartite MoU with the state DISCOMs and BEE under Capacity building of DISCOMs programme and DSM cell has been established in each DISCOM.
  • Telangana is successfully contributing in the National Energy Conservation Painting Competition which will be organised by NTPC and TSREDCO every year in the state. Telangana State has received third prize in National Painting Competition from Hon`ble Lok Sabha Speaker during National Energy Conservation Day celebrations i.e., December 14, 2018.
  • The state is successfully conducting the Energy Conservation day and week celebrations during 14th to 20th December every year. During this week TSREDCO conducting various awareness campaigns, workshops, rallies for promoting Energy Conservation in all the sectors and stakeholders.
  • TSREDCO initiated and implementing Telangana State Energy Conservation Awards have been presented to various stakeholders by Government of Telangana on December 20 every year in recognising their contribution to the energy conservation efforts made in the state.

Tell us about the plans and work progress on the e-mobility front.

As an SNA to the state, TSREDCO has submitted its proposal for installation of charging infrastructure in the state under FAME II.

What are the key focus areas in TSREDCO for the next five-six years?

  •  Increasing the RE share in the current energy mix to 30 percent by 2022.
  • Implementation of floating solar projects in the state.
  • Improving the Energy Conservation practices in MSMEs.
  • Implementation of Energy Conservation building Code (ECBCR) for residential sector.
  • Increasing the charging infrastructure in the state for e-vehicle.

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