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BEE Requests AP To Take Lead In Setting 24 Degree Celsius Default AC Temperature

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has requested the AP government to take the lead in making 24 degree Celsius as the compulsory default setting for air conditioners in all the government organizations and households to maintain optimum temperature.

It was disclosed by Principal Secretary (Energy) Ajay Jain during his briefing to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu about the discussions in the two-day national SDA conference held in Mussoorie, on Sunday.

Citing the communication from BEE Secretary Pankaj Kumar, he said the total connected load in the country due to air conditioning will be 200 GW by 2030. This may further increase as only about 6 percent of households use ACs now. The total installed ACs capacity is 80 million TR (ton of refrigeration) in the country, which is expected to increase to about 250 million TR by 2030.

“The BEE secretary wanted Andhra Pradesh, which is being proactive in energy conservation as well as energy conservation awareness programs, to implement the 24 degree Celsius as the compulsory default setting for air conditioners,” Jain explained.

During the teleconference, the Chief Minister directed the officials to bring out an action plan so as to reduce the end use energy consumption of appliances/equipment without diminishing the service levels.

Expressing his satisfaction over the accolades for the State in energy saving and conservation measures during the national conclave on energy held recently, Naidu directed the officials to continue the good efforts and implement the star-rated electrical appliance program in the State through standards and labeling scheme introduced by the BEE.

The initiative of the state government to involve 80 lakh SGH women in a phased manner in energy conservation awareness activities at grassroots level was hailed by all the states during the national conclave. Andhra Pradesh’s efforts in the rural and urban street-lighting were also lauded during the conclave.

Stating that energy and water conservation is the need of the hour, the Chief Minister said every individual in the State should own up responsibility of conserving natural resources by judicious use of energy.

He was all praise for the energy department, which bagged 36 national awards in transmission, distribution, generation, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“I will be happier when each and every one of us strives to make every home in the state as an energy efficient home and imbibe energy efficiency in our lives,” he said.

He asked the energy department officials to look into the possibility of involving SHG women in the distribution of energy efficient appliances.

APTRANSCO and APGENCO CMD K Vijayanand said that though the entire country has been facing coal crisis, APGENCO has made special measures to ensure required coal to thermal power stations by enhancing energy efficiency activities. – New Indian Express

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