Highlighting the issue of renovation and modernisation aging power stations, the Minister said that the works relating to 87 units having an aggregate capacity of 19,366 MW have been completed during 11th Five Year Plan. He added that another 135 units with a total capacity of 34,681 MW would be taken up during 12th Five Year Plan. Shri Venugopal said that the Excellence Enhancement Centre should channalize the best of the technologies and methodologies available in the world for carrying out the renovation and modernisation of aging power stations for optimum results.
The Minister informed that the schemes introduced during the 11th Plan such as Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY), Standards and Labelling (S&L) and Energy Conservation Building Code have led to the saving of 7665 MW till March 2011 and energy saving of another 3409 MW during the current year is expected. He said that to establish energy consumption standards and to ensure its compliance by designated consumers, a scheme called Perform, Achieve & Trade (PAT) mechanism was introduced. The Minister added that energy saving certificates would be issued to those stations who over-achieve the target which can be traded with those who could not achieve their targets. He said there is heavy penalty for those who do not achieve their targets. By this, the Minister said that an energy saving of 3.1 million tons of oil equivalents in Thermal Power Stations by 2014-15 is expected. He asked the Excellence Enhancement Centre to play a major role in establishing base line data required for the implementation of the scheme.
Regarding the improvement in the distribution network Shri Venugopal said that the Ministry of Power is finalising eight smart grid pilot worth Rs. 500 crore. He said the focus will be on building a distribution business that is smart grid compatible and connects the proposed smart grid to the end consumer through smart metering and related technological interventions.
In his address, Shri P. Uma Shankar, Secretary, Power said that it is necessary to optimise use of coal by power plants and improve their efficiency. The German Ambassador, Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt said that the Centre is brain child of Indo-German Energy Forum and there is a large potential that the two countries can achieve together. The Chairman, Central Electricity Authority, Shri A.S. Bakshi said that the Excellence Enhancement Centre will provide a platform for sharing best practices in power sector.
Source- Press information Bureau