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Kerala budget 2010 promotes energy efficiency , green buildings

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Thomas IsaacA Green Fund with a corpus of Rs 1000 crore, decsion to use green technologies for all government buildings in the future, incentives for households that consume less power were the greenest highlights of the Budget 2010-11 presented by Finance Minister Thomas Isaac. Isaac who termed the Budget as a Red and Green one began presenting the environment friendly proposals by criticising the United States and other western countries who joined hands to derail the Copenhagen summit. The Green Fund to be set up over the next five years will have an allocation of Rs. 100 crore this year. The FM also earmarked onefourth of the income generated by selling the silt and sand removed from the reservoirs in forest areas to the fund.

The Green Fund would be used for restoration of degraded forests, acquisition of the minimum essential land to link patches of forests and to protect core areas from any kind of interference, he said.

In addition, the Rs.24 crore expected in March this year, and Rs.40 crore expected in the coming year for rejuvenation and restoration of forests from the Central Government would be merged with this fund for this purpose.

For preserving the large extent of mangrove forests in Kerala  under the control of private individuals the FM proposed providing a fixed amount per hectare annually as incentive. Incentives based on the extent of the sacred groves would be provided.

Green buildings

The budget also has proposals to encourage the construction of green building complexes in apartments and other buildings. In future, all building complexes constructed by Government would use green building technologies.

Stating that the government offices and institutions are notorious for wasting energy, the FM said optimum consumption level for each office would be determined by an energy audit with the participation of employees. Accordingly, pre-paid meters would be set up in all offices. This would be universalized in three years.

The energy audit shows that the investment for reducing energy waste can be recouped in the same year as savings in energy
expenditure. As an experimental measure in 2010-11 itself, the ESCO model would be piloted in the Legislative Complex, Secretariat, High Court, Mascot Hotel and Medical College.

It is estimated that these buildings would require an investment of Rs.106.09 lakh which would bring energy savings to the tune of Rs.160.31 lakh. In order to universalize this intervention, a separate Energy Efficiency Company would be formed under the Energy Management Centre. The gains from the reduction in energy expenditure would be handed over to the Company within a fixed time period.


Company for imroving energy efficiency

The goverment has also plans to float an Energy Efficiency Company under the Energy Management Centre. The energy audit shows that the investment for reducing energy waste can be recouped in the same year as savings in energy expenditure. As an experimental measure in 2010-11 itself, the ESCO model would be piloted in the Legislative Complex, Secretariat, High Court, Mascot Hotel and Medical College. It is estimated that these buildings would require an investment of Rs.106.09 lakh which would bring energy savings to the tune of Rs.160.31 lakh. The new company will helping universalising this intervention.The gains from the reduction in energy expenditure would be handed over to the Company within a fixed time period. 

Energy credit for consumers

Consumers of the Kerala State Electricity Board who consume less power has a lot to cheer from the State budget 2010-11.

An energy credit system has been announced for consumers to encourage energy conservation. As per the system a fixed amount will be given as credit for every unit of electricity consumed less than in the previous year. This credit would be given every six months.

Using this credit, students can buy books from approved publishers or households can buy commodities from Supplyco. The FMA has made an allocation of Rs 25 Cr from the Green Fund for this.

Energy audit made mandatory

All industrial and commercial establishments would have to submit themselves to a mandatory energy audit now. The KFC and KSIDC would provide loans at 5% interest to install systems to reduce energy consumption. Fines would be realised from those High Tension and Extra-High Tension consumers who do not attain the standards prescribed by the energy audit.

Extension of Haritha Kerala scheme

Isaac also annonced a comprehensive scheme for nurturing bio-diversity in the garden lands surrounding households, with the objective of planting 10 crore trees in two years at a total cost of Rs.100 crore.This will be implemented  by co-ordinating
NREG, Horticulture Mission, Medicinal plants development programme, Cashew development programme, RKVY, Western Ghat Development programme and projects of Local Self Government Institutions.

The Green Kerala Express

Isaac also announced a Rs 1 crore prize money for the winner of Green Kerala Express - the reality show for local bodies organized by the Department of Local Self Government and Doordarshan.The panchayath that comes first in the show will win an award of Rs.1 crore while the first runner up will get  Rs.50 lakh. The Panchayat that comes second will get Rs.25 lakh. All Local Governments that enter the second round would be given Rs.10 lakh each.



Source- manorama
 

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