Kohima,23 May:Minister for Power, Doshehe Y. Sema today said that the efficient use of energy and its conservation is one of the thrust areas of the Government, and is a compelling need for achieving sustainable development, reducing the requirement for investment in new energy supply infrastructure, cutting energy cost and increasing the competitiveness of business. The Minister said that recognizing the potential and importance of energy efficiency; the Energy Conservation Act-2001 has been enacted to provide a legal framework for energy efficiency.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the seminar on “Creation of Awareness on Energy Conservation” at Hotel Japfu, Kohima, the Minister said that the Planning Commission has assessed that the potential savings through energy conservation efforts at approximately 15% of the total installed capacity which would represent a value of about 20,000 MW presently. Focusing on awareness, Doshehe said that his Ministry is launching the Energy Conservation Campaign, encompassing not just schools and school children but different segments of our society.
The Minister also appealed to all research scientists, manufacturers and suppliers to promote new and innovative energy saving products, methods and processes. He said that the Bureau of Energy Efficiency has adopted a self-regulation and market based approach in promoting efficient use of energy. Stating that the State Government has already made use of CFL or more efficient lighting devices in all Government buildings and offices mandatory, the Minister sought cooperation in implementation of this Order.
Project Engineer, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, A. Sen Gupta in his speech emphasized on the need for energy conservation and the projects that the State Government can undertake.
Chief Electrical Inspector, Nagaland State Designated Agency, K.T. Wabang Ao gave the welcome speech. Vote of thanks was delivered by Electrical Inspector, NSDA, N. Thinya Jamir.
The seminar was organized by Nagaland State Designated Agency under the aegis of Bureau of Energy Efficiency.