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Chandigarh: In a bid to improve overall energy efficiency in the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) organised a technical workshop on “Energy Efficient Electrical Appliances” here at PEDA auditorium.

          This workshop was organised under Municipal Demand Side Management program of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, GoI with the coordination of stakeholder departments of Punjab include ULBs, Housing & Urban Development department, Development Authorities, PWD, Water Supply & Sanitation, Mandi Board, Punjab Health Systems Corporation and PSPCL.

          Addressing the workshop, Chief Executive Officer PEDA Dr. Amarpal Singh emphasised on the importance of energy efficiency & implementation of new and innovative energy efficient technologies in Buildings, Industries & Municipalities in the State. He said that Municipal Demand Side Management (MuDSM) is the program aimed at improving overall energy efficiency of the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to the tune of 35-40%. The main focus on energy efficiency in ULBs is on street lighting, buildings & water pumping.

          The MuDSM is described as the planning, implementation and monitoring of utility activities (beyond the consumer meter) designed to encourage customers to amend their electricity consumption patterns, both with respect to timing and level of electricity demand so as to help the customers, to use electricity more efficiently. The energy directly impacts the living conditions of residents and savings can be used for other purpose works, he added.

          Director PEDA Mr. M.P. Singh explained about the efforts of MuDSM being the top performer in the country for reducing T&D losses from 14 per cent to 12.05 per cent in the State. He deliberated upon the continuous efforts to translate energy sector strategies into actionable low-carbon solutions driven by PEDA to increase the utilisation of clean and low-carbon energy in the State. In such a scenario, MuDSM can complement supply-side strategies to help meet electric service demands by assisting utilities avoid or delay costly capacity additions by slowing demand growth. The Government has been continuously introducing various policies & programs to enable an appropriate institutional set up and regulatory framework, towards large scale MuDSM implementations.

          During the workshop, deliberations were also held for shifting towards Energy Transition and achieving goals of Decarbonisation in the State.

          Town Planner of Local Govt. Mr Manav Jain and Ex. IGBC Chairman of Chandigarh Chapter Mr. Jit Kumar Gupta and officials of other Stakeholder Departments were also present in this technical workshop.

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