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Andhra Pradesh: State to set up energy conservation cells in govt depts

Vijayawada: In a bid to promote energy conservation and efficiency, the state government is planning to set up Energy Conservation Cells (ECC) in all its departments to promote efficient use of energy at all levels and achieve energy security along with economic, environmental and social benefits.

According to an estimate by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Andhra Pradesh State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM), 25 per cent of the energy consumption can be reduced by adopting energy- efficient technologies.

Chief secretary Nilam Sawhney has directed all heads of departments (HoD) and district collectors to create ECCs in all 87 HoD offices, district level offices, corporations and various society offices in the state. The ECC will act as a nodal agency to coordinate with APSECM for effective implementation of energy conservation and energy efficiency measures in their respective department and organisation.Although a decision has been taken to create ECCs, orders are yet to be given by the government. The officials have to constitute the ECCs in their respective departments within a month after orders are issued.

The secretary for energy Srikant Nagulapalli said in a statement on Tuesday that Andhra Pradesh is keen on bringing in the latest technologies to enhance energy efficiency in key sectors. It has been approaching international agencies for their support to bring innovative global technologies in the area of energy efficiency and energy conservation.

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