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Shri Piyush Goyal to Launch Schemes for Distribution of Energy Efficient Smart Agriculture Pumps & Fans Tomorrow in Andhra Pradesh



Shri Piyush Goyal to Launch Schemes for Distribution of Energy Efficient Smart Agriculture Pumps & Fans Tomorrow in Andhra Pradesh

-Scheme to Empower Farmers with Smart SIM-enabled Agricultural Pumps that Can Be Operated By Farmers from Mobiles and In the Comfort of Their Homes

-Energy Efficient Fan Scheme to Reduce Power Bills by Rs 700 per Year



In order to make country more energy efficient, Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy along with Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh  will launch  two schemes namely National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme and National Energy Efficient Fan Programme in Vijayawada , Andhra Pradesh tomorrow. These Schemes will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited ( EESL) , a JV of PSUs  under Ministry of Power .
National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme will help farmers in replacing energy guzzlers age-old agricultural pumps across the country with the new-age energy efficient agricultural pumps, with a 5-Star Rating. These pumps will come enabled with smart control panel and a SIM card, giving farmers the flexibility to switch-on and switch-off these pumps from their mobile phones and from the comfort of their homes.
Through these new-age energy efficient SIM-enabled agricultural pumps, Union Power Ministry is looking at a 30% savings in energy by 2019. This will then boil down to an annual savings of approx Rs 20,000 crore on agricultural subsidies or a saving of 50 billion units of energy every year.
Along with the announcement of the new-age agricultural pumps, Shri Piyush Goyal through its state owned entity–EESL will also launch National Energy Efficient Fan Programme for Indian households and businesses , wherein  Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans of  5-star rating 50 Watts (from leading companies such as Usha and Bajaj) will be provided at Rs 60 a month on EMI basis and Rs. 1250/- on upfront basis. 
With the usage of these energy efficient fans, consumers will also stand to save on their electricity bills by Rs 700 a year. This means, a consumer can recover the cost of this energy-efficient ceiling fan in less than 2 years. While these energy-efficient ceiling fans will cost Rs 1440/- to a consumer who uses the installment route, for those who can pay upfront can buy this fan for Rs 1250. A total of two ceiling fans can be bought on one electricity bill from domestic category consumers only.
ABOUT EESL:
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is implementing ‘UJALA’ an acronym for Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All  for the LED based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), which is currently running successfully in over 120 cities across India. EESL has already distributed over 9 crore LED bulbs across the country during 2015-16.

The National LED programme was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on January 2015 to convert all conventional street lights with LED street lights and Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) to provide LED bulbs to domestic households. DELP renamed as “UJALA” recently , is successfully running across 22 States & UTs in India .
 The Government of India is committed to achieving its target of replacing all the 77 crore inefficient bulbs in India with LEDs. This will result in reduction of 20,000 MW load, energy savings of 100 billion kWh and Green House Gas (GHG) reduction of 80 million tonnes every year. It is estimated that this is equivalent to establishment of roughly 5 large format thermal generation plants in the country. The country also stands to save Rs. 40,000 crore in electricity bills of consumers.
Consumers can visit www.delp.in to locate the closest distribution kiosk to their place.

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Government Mission is to Achieve One Nation, One Grid, One Price: Shri Piyush Goyal
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy has said that the Government’s mission is to achieve one nation, one grid, and one price. While speaking at an Energy Conclave, Shri Goyal said, “This is momentous! It is a delight to tell you all that as of this moment all of India has power at the same rate that is Rs 4.40”.

Shri Goyal stated that he was trying to achieve the target of uniform power rates across the country. People everywhere should be able to find out if power is available through the mobile application “Vidyut Pravah”. This mobile application also gives the rates at which power is available on the grid, Shri Goyal added.

Shri Piyush Goyal stressed that said bringing power to all was not just a target but a mission and commitment as well for the Government. He further said that Centre believes that it should achieve energy sufficiency for the next generation and is also confident of transformational changes in the coming three years.

Talking about the rural electrification programme , the Minister said that his ministry is constantly monitoring number of villages getting powered every day. “Power has to be affordable as well as of quality. We are conscious of the environment, also of the fact that India must not become non-competitive in the world economy. We are conscious of the fact that village children who are talented should not forego opportunities due to absence of electricity,” Shri Goyal said.

Highlighting Power sector achievements of last year, the Minister said that electrifying 7,108 villages out of 18,452 un-electrified villages against the target of 2,800, distribution of more than 9 crore LED bulbs by EESL only, thus, contributing to 150% growth, addition of highest ever 3,200 MW of wind power capacity have been some benchmarks of the year.

The Minister asserted that the UDAY scheme launched by the government will be the fulcrum of the power sector reforms and renewal. “By 2019, the power sector will save nearly Rs 1.8 lakh crore annually, he added.

Talking about the hydro power, Shri Goyal said, “The year 2016-17 is dedicated to hydro power. It got a push some 30-40 years ago, but in recent past it has been ignored due to huge challenges like local resistance and issues of land acquisition,”. 

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