BKC to go live with electricity use update

Public dashboard will display power consumption of every building in city’s ace financial block

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai | Published: April 27, 2015 12:59 am
MMRDA, BKC MMRDA is striving to brand BKC as an energy-efficient complex as per international standards.

Soon, web-based live public dashboard will display the power consumption of every building in Mumbai’s ace financial block, the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), to show which company consumes more electricity. With the state government’s big push to market BKC as a global finance centre, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is striving to brand it as an energy-efficient complex as per international standards. The effort is also to ensure that this puts the onus on the corporate as it will show who consumes maximum energy of the business district.

The MMRDA is the special planning authority for the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Sanjay Sethi, additional metropolitan commissioner at the MMRDA, said, “Buildings in BKC do not have energy saving practices in place. The MMRDA can nudge them towards this. By creating a public dashboard of the individual energy consumption, we can make companies conscious of their own energy usage in comparison with other buildings. Business districts all over the world have adopted energy-saving practices.”

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Sethi said the MMRDA would also consult companies in the complex to encourage them to adopt energy-saving methods. “The companies will anyway benefit immensely as their own electricity bills will come down with the commercial electricity tariff being very high,” Sethi said.

The BKC at present consumes about 180 megawatt power per day. This is five per cent of the total electricity usage of Mumbai at 3,300 megawatt. The Bandra-Kurla Complex, spread over an area of 370 hectare, has 62 buildings with about 160 hectare of built-up area yet to be sold. Institutions like the National Stock Exchange, State Bank of India, NABARD, Canara Bank, Axis Bank, Citigoup, Dena Bank, IL&FS, Standard Chartered, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Reserve Bank of India, Income Tax and Sales Tax are housed at the complex.

The dashboard concept, which is still in its nascent stages, can be developed to display even the hourly energy usage of each building.

An MMRDA official, who did not wish to be named, said there are many simple ways, which do not require much investment, by which companies can cut down on their energy use. “Companies can also resort to thermal storage, something that the National Stock Exchange has implemented. It involves creating an ice bank at night, and thaw it to use as chilled water during the day,” he said.

Besides, companies can have motion sensors for intelligent lighting, depending on the occupancy, and segregate their lighting circuits to ensure that all lights are not required to be kept on at all times, the official added.

Besides, the MMRDA is also working on introducing energy efficiency system in the street-lighting of BKC.

manasi.phadke@expressindia.com

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