People of Bhavnagar district are poised to save around 80 per cent on their electricity bill as the traditional incandescent bulbs in their homes will soon be replaced by energy-efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). The new lamps will be made available to customers at highly subsidised rates by Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL).
Officials of the company said Bhavnagar was selected for this pilot project at a recently held meeting of PGVCL,Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL),an undertaking of Gujarat government,Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL),a joint venture of public sector undertakings (PSUs) of Union Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE),a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Power. Officials of Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA),state nodal agency for BEE,were also present at the meeting.
PGVCL is a subsidiary of GUVNL and distributes power in Saurashtra and Kutch regions. Though DGVCL,MGVCL and UGVCL,the other three subsidiaries of GUVNL,were also in the contention for the project,PGVCL was selected for its better preparedness for the implementation of the project.
Under the project,each household in the district will get three CFLs in exchange of equal number of incandescent bulbs. The households will have to pay Rs 15 extra per CFL. There are around 4.5 lakh domestic customers in Bhavnagar.
The scheme,named Bachat Lamp Yojan,is first of its kind in the state and is expected to be completed in next six months. It aims at promoting energy efficiency and energy conservation,top officials of the company told The Indian Express.
The project will be a public private partnership (PPP) venture. Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL),a joint venture of public sector undertakings (PSU) of Union Ministry of Power will implement the project in collaboration of a private firm which will provide CFLs. Bureau of Energy Efficiency,a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Power,will coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the project while PGVCL will provide support to the implementing agency,the officials said.
Under the project,around 13.5 lakh incandescent bulbs will be replaced. A household will be given 18 watt CFL in exchange of 100 watt bulb and 15 watt CFL for bulb of 60 watt or less, an PGVCL official said.
However,in a sample survey that was conducted early this month,all most cent per cent respondents said they will go for the conversion, the official added.
After bulb conversion,the electricity consumption of households will be reduced by more than 80 per cent and its energy bill will also be slashed proportionately,officials said.
The lamp-conversion will also save around 40 mega watt electricity for PGVCL. This will help in reducing the number of unscheduled load shedding, company officials said.
The project seeks to utilise Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under Kyoto protocol to bring prices of CFLs down. Under the project,customers will get CFL at Rs 15 while its market price is Rs 90. However,the agency supplying CFLs will be able to bridge the difference in the price by getting carbon credit under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the officials further said.
The collected incandescent lamps will be destroyed by EESL once CDM procedures are completed,the officials added.
All the households in Kerala have now CFLs and the conversion projects are on in states like Madhya Pradesh,Karnatak,Uttrakhand and Delhi.