India accelerates rollout of energy-efficient appliances

In India, the Ministry of Power collaborated with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to help consumers improve their energy efficiency.

The collaboration of the two ministries allows the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) which falls under the ministry of Power and the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) of the Ministry of Natural Gas to jointly improve consumer energy efficiency savings under the Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (Ujala scheme) initiative.

The EESL and the OMCs will partner in implementing the Ujala scheme which is designed to provide consumers with affordable energy-efficient appliances and technologies.

EESL will provide OMCs including the Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and the Indian Oil Corporation with energy efficiency appliances to sell at their outlets including petrol and gas stations nationwide.

According to a local publication, the agreement will improve consumer access to energy efficiency through the distribution of appliances from 54,500 service stations countrywide.

The distribution of the energy-efficient appliances including ceiling fans, LED bulbs and tube lights by the OMCs will start in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra before being expanded to other states.

The agreement falls under efforts by the Ministry of Power to stabilise grid networks, increase renewable energy adoption and reduce reliance on imported energy by 10%

Since the launch of the Ujala scheme, some 25.5 million LED bulbs, over 3 million LED tubelights and 1.1 million energy efficient fans have been distributed to consumers nationwide.

According to estimates made by the EESL, energy efficient appliances deployed under the scheme to date will result in the avoidance of 6,725MW of peak demand per annum equivalent to 27 million tonnes of carbon emissions per annum.

Ujala scheme and energy efficiency savings

The news follows the launch of the Ujala scheme in Ludhiana district in Punjab due to an agreement reached between EESL and the Punjab State Power Corporation to help consumers in the region to improve their energy efficiency savings.

The launch was done in late July for consumers in the region to purchase subsidised LED bulbs, lights and fans. Read more…


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.