Daily Special Current Affairs Material for IAS (Pre) 2013 – Topic: “National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency”

Daily Special Current Affairs Material for IAS (Pre) 2013

Chapter: Science & Technology

Topic: National Mission on Enhanced
Energy Efficiency

Q. What are the main programmes recently launched by government
under four initiatives of the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency?

There are 4 main initiatives which are launched recently under
National Mission on Enhanced Energy:

  1. Standards and Labeling of Equipment and Appliances.

  2. Energy Conservation Building Code.

  3. Energy Efficiency in Industry.

  4. Residential Lighting.

Q. What are the main features of Standards and Labeling of
Equipment and Appliances?

Ans. Labeling has been
introduced for 16 major energy consuming appliances, providing users with
information on the energy use of a model and its relative efficiency. Labeling
has been mandatory for 4 products- air conditioners, refrigerators, distribution
transformers and tube lights. This programme in 2010-11 has led to saving of
3718 million units of electricity equivalent to avoided capacity generation of

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Q. What is Super Energy Efficient Program (SEEP)?

Ans. BEE is in the
process of launching the Super Energy Efficient Program (SEEP) that would
provide manufacturers incentives to produce super efficient appliances. It forms
a part of Market Transformation for Energy Efficiency (MTEE) initiative, one of
the four initiatives of the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency.
Super efficient appliances have a high cost of production as well as uncertainty
of demand. The program envisions that incremental cost can be compensated by
incentives on one hand and cost reduction due to economy of scale on the other.

Q. What you know Energy Conservation Building Code?

Ans. A National Energy
Conservation Building Code (ECBC) has been prepared for the design of new
commercial buildings. Over 700 ECBC compliant buildings are at various stages of
construction. In addition, performance contracting through Energy Service
Companies (ESCOs) is being promoted to enable the retrofit of existing buildings
so as to reduce their energy consumption. It has resulted in electricity saving
of 22.45 million units in 2010-11 which is equivalent to avoided capacity
generation of 4.27 MW.

Q. What you know Energy Efficiency in Industry?

Ans. The Government has
notified the energy efficiency improvement targets for the 478 most energy
intensive industrial units in 8 sectors. Together, they account for about one
third of the total energy consumption in India. Issued under the Energy
Conservation Act, 2011 the targets are to be achieved by 2014-15. Overall,
industrial units used 166 million tonnes of oil equivalent energy in 2009-10,
which has to be reduced by 6.6 million tonnes of oil equivalent in the target
year. The sectors covered by the notification are iron and steel, cement,
fertilizers, aluminum, pulp and paper, chlor-alkali, textiles and thermal power
stations. Within each sector, only plants using more than a specified amount of
energy are included in the targeted list.

Q. What is Energy Saving Certificates?

Ans. An interesting
feature of the programme Energy Efficiency in Industry is that these units which
are able to achieve greater energy efficiency improvements within the specified
targets can capture the excess savings through the issuance of Energy Saving
Certificates. These certificates can be traded and bought by other units covered
by the programme who may find it expensive to meet their targets through their
own actions. Units which are unable to meet their target, either through their
own action or through purchase of certificates will be liable for repayment of
penalty. The penalty will be related to shortfall in target achievement. A
penalty of Rs.10,154 will be levied for shortfall of 1 tonne of oil equivalent
in the achievement of the target.

Q. What is Residential Lighting initiatives?/ What is Bachat
Lamp Yojna?

Ans. The Bachat Lamp
Yojana (BLY) provides energy-efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) to
households at the cost of incandescent bulbs as the former are expensive and
hence not able to penetrate in the domestic sector. Over 20 million CFLs have
already been distributed under the BLY programme. The scheme targets to replace
400 million bulbs leading to a possible reduction of 6000MW and about 24 million
tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

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