Hyderabad, Oct 2 (INN): The United Kingdom Government has agreed for collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Government for sharing the latest technologies/best practices in Energy Efficiency to enable the State to achieve the desired goals of energy savings of around 15000 MU per annum worth about Rs 7,500 Crore.
In a significant development towards enhancing Energy Security, Energy Efficiency AND Energy Conservation, which is the prime objective of the State Government. Andrew McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner at Hyderabad, along with his team has met Dr.P.K. Mohanty, Chief Secretary and Chairperson of SECM and assured him that the Govt of UK is willing to extend technical support to AP in bringing the best practices in Energy Efficiency & Energy Conservation in UK to the State, so that the State and the Stakeholders would get benefited in the long run.
In his communication to Dr. Mohanty, Andrew McAllister, said: “Our commitment has been demonstrated by the work of the High Commission’s Energy, Climate and Growth Unit with various stakeholders. In the state of Andhra Pradesh, this includes legislators, media, industry associations and think tanks. We have also had, in the past six months successive visits from our Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Greg Barker, our Parliamentary Under Secretary for Climate and Energy, Baroness Verma, and Sir David King, our Special Representative on Climate Change.”
Chief Secretary thanked Andrew McAllister, Deputy High Commissioner of UK and the Govt. of UK for extending support and wished that with the knowledge/best practices/new trends of the UK, the State of Andhra Pradesh would achieve the targeted goals in Energy Conservation soon. Water, Energy conservation and Protection of environment are the key factors for survival of mankind and hence every step towards conservation of energy is precious, the Chief Secretary observed.
In this context, Dr Mohanty recalled that Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has also identified AP has high potential for Energy Conservation and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and BEE recognized the recent Energy Conservation initiatives taken up by the State in all the key sectors like Industry, Agriculture, Domestic, Govt & Local bodies, etc. Govt is also keen on tapping the renewable energy sources like solar & wind and in this direction relevant policies have also been framed. Govt. issued instructions to the power utilities to have a special focus on Energy Efficiency activities apart from Enhancing power generation to optimum level, Reduction of Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses, expansion of Transmission & Distribution networks, tapping maximum solar power and comprehensive communication strategy for dissemination of information to all stakeholders, Chief Secretary said.