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Home News Power Sector News MSEDCL to start free CFL scheme for domestic consumers in Maharashtra

MSEDCL to start free CFL scheme for domestic consumers in Maharashtra

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Free CFL schemeDomestic Consumers of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) will get free compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) as part of the MSEDCL's state-wide promotion of CFL to save energy.The CFL distribution, which is expected to start by the end of January 2009, will be done in association with Osram India Pvt Ltd and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the two companies.

MSEDCL wanted to conduct a survey to identify proper consumer segments to target under the CFL and floated tenders to conduct the survey in February last, but received poor response. That delayed implementation of the CFL distribution and, finally, Osram and MSEDCL jointly identified the beneficiaries and decided to implement the programme in the rural circle of Pune MSEDCL.The CFL programme will be later implemented in about 18 districts of the state.

Speaking to media, S P Nagtilak, chief engineer of MSEDCL, said "Every household in the rural area that has either a 60 watt or 100 watt incandescent bulb that is used for four to five hours per day and has not fitted CFL in any other room will be eligible to get free CFLs in exchange of the working incandescent bulb,". Over 4 lakh CFLs have already arrived at MSEDCL's Fursungi store room. The power utility has given database of rural consumers, their average power consumption and storage space for CFLs.

To compile a baseline data to assess energy savings, as many as 200 sample households will be monitored for their power consumption before fitting the CFL and after. The data will be assessed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to validate the energy saving and work out the carbon credits earned.

While no money will be charged for the CFLs, Rs 15 per household will be taken as charge for environment friendly disposal of the CFLs once they stop working. Sources said that the nominal fee will be taken because the Union ministry of environment and forests has put down a condition that CFLs that stop working will have to be disposed of in an environment friendly manner as the CFLs contain a very small percentage of mercury. "These failed CFLs will have to be disposed of at designated disposal plants," sources said.

The programme will be implemented under the clean development mechanism and the CFL company will benefit from the carbon credits generated by implementing the project as per the United Nations' framework convention on climate change. "MSEDCL is expected to save about 30 MW power per day because of the use of energy-efficient CFLs," he explained.

After the MSEDCL decided to launch state-wide CFL promotion programme in 2007 the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (Merc) formed a working group that included MSEDCL officials and city-based Prayas energy group to guide the power company. A pilot CFL project was implemented in Nashik, which was studied by Prayas and then made certain recommendations to ensure effective implementation of the CFL programme.
Source - Times of India

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