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Central public sector enterprises to set up energy audit teams

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Energy auditThe department of public enterprises (DPE) has asked all central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) to put in place an in-house energy audit team and to give more focus to energy conservation measures. CPSEs in power generation, transportation services and fertilisers — where energy cost as percentage of total cost is highest — will have to comply to this regulation immediately. DPE will also put in place a high level committee to closely monitor the steps that CPSEs take on energy conservation.

Estimates available with DPE show that energy costs account for more than 50% of operating costs of power generation and close to 20% of operating costs in transportation and fertiliser sectors. The internal energy audit scheme will comprise executives who have passed energy auditors examination of Bureau of Energy efficiency to become accredited energy auditors.

The team should also contain executives who are qualified to be certified energy managers. “All CPSEs where the energy cost is high will be asked to make additional investments on energy conservation to make themselves more cost effective. The yields on this investments will be visible in a short period,” a DPE official said.

This circular by DPE comes after a committee formed to study the energy consumption pattern in CPSEs pointed out that “main reasons for higher consumption of energy are casual monitoring of energy consumption, low quality of raw material, poor maintenance practices, obsolete technology and lower capacity utilisation.”

According to the DPE official the CPSEs have always been conscious of the need to conserve energy and have been taking steps for efficient use of energy. “But regular maintenance of plant & machinery, replacement of energy inefficient equipment, effective recovery of waste-heat, prevention of leakage, modifications in the design plant or machinery and other equipment, energy audit and creation of awareness among employees are going to be given renewed emphasis,” he added.

Source - Economic Times

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