AP to showcase energy efficiency practices in Germany

With its energy efficiency practices, Andhra Pradesh has been making waves globally from being a power deficit state to a power-surplus one. In this regard, German Development Agency, GIZ, has invited the Government of Andhra Pradesh to participate in a week-long exchange programme on ‘Energy efficiency building transformation Roadmap 2030-Policy and Enforcement Framework’ to be held in Germany from February 25 to March 1.

Speaking to officers, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said Andhra Pradesh would showcase its best practices of energy efficiency in the programme which is also expected to give a big boost to widen energy efficiency at state-level. The state government has nominated Chief Executive Officer of AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) A. Chandrasekhar Reddy to attend the five-day programme. 

During a discussion, the Chief Minister said energy efficiency was one of the top priorities of the government, adding that Andhra Pradesh is keen to adopt global technologies in energy efficiency which will help the state in strengthening the power sector in the state. This, according to the Chief Minister will eventually give economic benefit to every family in the state and benefit industrial sector too. “We have to search, examine and adopt the advanced technologies coming up worldwide on the energy efficiency front,” he said.

Andhra Pradesh is currently ahead of other states in India in implementing energy efficiency programmes. “We are the champions at national level in implementing LED street lighting. Our state has begun LED street lighting programme in Visakhapatnam, which motivated other states to follow the same for achieving around 40 per cent energy savings. East Godavari is the first district in the country with complete LED street lighting and AP is the only state which completed LED street lighting programme in almost all districts,” he said. 

Presently, aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) loss is 10.28%, which is half the national average. Grid modernisation, transmission infrastructure development, increased billing, and theft control are some additional measures to further minimise energy lost and the government is working on them continuously. 

Meanwhile, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has recommended that Andhra Pradesh embrace technological change as an innovation to modernise, expand and diversify its electricity system. “Increased reliance on domestic renewables builds energy security, whilst progressively locking in a new, sustainable low cost, deflationary electricity supply,” a report said.  

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