The Prime Minister on 05-01-2015 called for a national energy conservation movement by kicking off a campaign called "Prakash Path". Narendra Modi said that for starters Delhiites will be given a gift of two subsidized LED (light emitting diode) bulbs which are more expensive than CFL bulbs but last much longer and consume even less energy.
Calling for a "people's movement" on this, Modi said conservation of energy was much easier than generation, and as a symbolic gesture replaced one bulb in his office with a LED bulb. Replacement of all bulbs in South Block with LEDs would apparently lead to a saving of 7,000 units every month.
Delhi will be the first city to implement the domestic efficient lighting programme which is expected to be rolled out from March 1. Each registered consumer of power will get two LED bulbs for Rs 10 (their actual cost varies from Rs 350 to Rs 600). And Rs 10 will be added to their electricity bill for the next 12 months.
While Delhi will be the first to adopt the scheme, the programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting is meant for the entire country. The project of installing LED bulbs for domestic and street-lighting in a hundred cities is targeted for completion by March 2016.
Industry experts say Delhi can save up to 250 million units (mu) or 1% of the total power consumption if every registered consumer in Delhi replaces two incandescent bulbs at home with LEDs. At the inaugural function, Modi handed over two LED bulbs to a resident of Delhi who was the first person to register.
Delhi's power demand has been rising by about 8%-10% every year, and the peak demand this year in summer is expected to be between 6,200-6,400 MW. In comparison, there has not been any significant increase in generation of power. Instead, generation from new power plants has got reduced drastically due to gas shortage.
For the subsidized LED bulbs, consumers can either pay the amount upfront or opt for a plan in which they pay in instalments, said a discom official. LED bulbs are being procured in bulk by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, a joint venture of several public sector undertakings like NTPC, PFC, REC and Powergrid to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects.
To take part in the scheme, consumers have to either pre-register at the programme website, eeslindia.org/Delhi-Launch, or go to a discom's customer care centre and fill a form. Approval for the scheme in Delhi was given by Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) last week. There is no liability on discoms for the scheme and the benefit will be extended to about 35 lakh consumers.
"All consumers in the national capital have been mapped by the respective discom and hence implementing here will be relatively simple,'' said an official. According to Tata Power Delhi CEO Praveer Sinha, the average savings per consumer will be about 30-40 units and the anticipated savings for the whole of Delhi if every consumer opts for LEDs is up to 230-250 million units (mu). The estimated annual savings for households in Delhi per LED bulb will be about Rs 162.