Subsidiaries & JVs
A joint venture of NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and POWERGRID, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) was set up under Ministry of Power, Government of India, to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects. EESL is a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) that seeks to unlock energy efficiency market in India that can potentially result in energy savings of up to 20 per cent of current consumption, by way of innovative business and implementation models. It also acts as the resource centre for capacity building of State DISCOMs, ERCs, SDAs, upcoming ESCOs, financial institutions, etc.
Government of India launched the UJALA scheme on 5th January, 2015 with an objective to provide people with affordable energy efficient LED bulbs in comparison to the market price. Energy Efficiency Service Ltd. (EESL), a JV under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India, is the implementing agency for the scheme, ensuring widespread distribution of LED bulbs and energy efficient appliances across the country.
In addition to the below mentioned schemes, EESL is also proposing to launch Super Energy Efficient Air Conditioner in the current financial year.
EESL has been able to successfully aggregate demand and has undertaken bulk distribution of LED bulbs that has led to more than 80% reduction of costs.The benefit of this cost reduction has been passed on to the consumers making LED and energy efficient appliances an affordable commodity for all.
UJALA scheme, which started with distribution of LED bulbs has now expanded to include variety of energy efficient products like fans, tube-light and air conditioners, etc. With a network spread over 24 states, EESL has distributed more than 21.7 crore energy efficient LED bulbs leading to energy saving, reduction in CO2 emission and savings on electricity bills annually. This has also led to reduction in peak demand.
EESL plans to replace 77 crore inefficient bulbs with LED bulbs by March 2019. If all these bulbs are replaced the total reduction in connected load in the country is estimated to be 20,000 MW and energy savings of 10,000 crore kWh every year. The total saving in electricity bills of consumers will be Rs. 40,000 crore every year, considering average tariff of Rs. 4 per kWh.
EESL procurements conform to BIS specification IS 16102 (Part 1) and (Part 2): 2012 for self-ballast lamps. Further these bulbs carry a 3-year free replacement warranty against technical defects. At the bidding stage, the prospective bidders are required to provide, alongwith their bid documents, the test reports from National Accreditation Board of Laboratories (NABL) accredited labs. At the distribution stage, EESL picks up samples of LED bulbs at each place where the distribution is taking place and from the manufacturing facility in a random manner and gets it tested at NABL accredited labs.
Energy Efficient Fan
Energy Efficiency Services limited (EESL) has launched the National Energy Efficient Fan Programme (NEEFP) to promote efficient use of energy by increasing the use of energy efficient appliances at the residential level.
The cooling needs of most of the households in India are met by fans, given that the penetration of ACs in households is still less than 10%. Considering that almost 30 million fans are sold every year, the potential to reduce demand is significant.
Replacement of Regular Ceiling Fans with BEE 5 Star rated ceiling fans could lead to 47 billion units of annual energy savings. There are 35 crore inefficient fans across the country, if all of these are replaced with BEE 5 star rated energy efficient fans the country will have an expected annual energy savings of 47 billion KWh with a reduction of over 12,250 MW of electricity load.
Under National Energy Efficient Fan Programme, EESL provides BEE 5 Star rated ceiling fans which are 30% more energy efficient as compared to conventional fans. The energy efficient fans will be available to the consumers on an upfront payment of Rs. 1,150/- per fan. EESL has distributed over 5 lakh energy efficient fans under this scheme which will result in an energy savings of over 1.6 lakh kWh per day and a monetary savings of Rs 9.75 lakh per day to the consumers. The differential price of the fan between the efficient and the inefficient is the primary reason for its low penetration along with the lack of awareness. With the usage of these energy efficient fans it is estimated that consumer’s electricity bills will reduce by about Rs. 700-730 per year thus making the cost recovery in less than 2 years.
LED Tube Light
Tube light form the one of the most vital source of light in both residential and commercial usage today. Thus it was pertinent that after LED bulbs, UJALA expanded to include affordable LED Tube lights. Government of India launched the scheme to distribute 20W LED tubes lights which are 50% more energy efficient that the conventional 40W tube lights. LED tube lights are available to the consumers at a price significantly lower than the market price.
EESL has helpline number, dashboard – www.ujala.gov.in and social media handles, @EESL_India for Twitter and @EESLIndia for Facebook to enable consumers to register complaints and arrangements for fault rectification.
EESL has evolved a service model to enable Municipalities to replace conventional lights with LEDs at no upfront cost. The balance cost is recovered through the municipalities by monetising the energy savings. Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) to replace 3.5 crore conventional street lights with smart and energy efficient LED street lights by March, 2019.
For the street light programme, the total connected load of street lights across the country of around 3400 MW, can be reduced to 1400 MW by replacing conventional lights with LED based street lights. These replacements can lead to energy savings and cost saving of municipalities annually. Use of LEDs in public lighting could result in more than 50% reduction in energy consumption.
Replacemnt of LED street lights across the country has already resulted in annual energy savings and reduction in carbon emission.
In Power sector, Agricultural Demand-side Management (AgDSM) consists of those activities, methodologies, awareness, policy and technologies, that influence consumer (farmer) behavior and changes their consumption patterns. The objective of the AgDSM programme is to reduce peak demand, to reduce the total energy consumption in Agriculture sector. Under AgDSM proposition, replacement of inefficient agricultural pump sets is done with BEE star rated energy efficient pump sets to reduce the energy consumption. It has been experienced that the simple payback period in these projects is 2-3 years and total project duration is 4-5 years.
Atal Jyoti Yojana (AJAY)
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched the “AtalJyotiYojna” under which Solar Street Lights are to be installed in areas with inadequate power supply in Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.
“Atal Jyoti Yojana” (AJAY) is being implemented to fulfil Government’s pledge to provide required energy for fulfilment of basic needs of people of India. Under this programme, the MNRE will install Solar LED Street Lights in rural, semi-urban and urban areas which don’t enjoy adequate coverage of power. The scheme will be executed across states of Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha by March 2018.
The installation of Solar LED Street Lights will ensure ample light in major roads, markets, public conveniences etc in remote areas and would help the citizens of our country lead a safe and secure life.
Municipal Demand Side Management (MuDSM)
EESL has also identified that there is an immense potential for India to tap the Municipal Demand Side Management (MuDSM) which includes replacing the inefficient pump sets in the municipalities with efficient ones. The replacement is expected to target a saving of approximately 25 to 40 percent in power consumption of the ULBs. This translates to an energy savings of at least 3000 MUs (based on the data that public water works in India consumes more than 12000 MUs), which means that one can avoid the need for an additional capacity of 500 MW for the Indian scenario.
Energy Audit and Energy Conservation Measures in Public Water Works & Sewerage Systems are reforms under the AMRUT (The Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) Mission of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. Considering this, EESL had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Urban Development (Govt. of India) for undertaking the reform across India which is to be implemented in 500 smart cities and 100 AMRUT cities.