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Observing Energy Efficiency Year

dk1“The Energy department is observing 2016 as Energy Efficiency Year. Though consumers will not be regulated, projects and steps have been undertaken energy-efficient programmes like distribution of LED bulbs under HOSA BELAKU scheme and convincing farmers to shift to efficient irrigation pump sets”, said Energy Minister DK Shivakumar at a press conference.
A pilot project in Nippani and Bydagi subdivisions of HESCOM was undertaken for efficient pumpsets. Of the 11,013 irrigation pumpsets, 590 were replaced.
This has led to savings of two million units and avoided capacity addition of 30 MW.
The State Government is set to downsize the proposed 345 MW Shivanasamudra power project due to technical reasons. The proposed hydro-electric power project at Shivanasamudra would be downsized by around 100 MW. As per the Central River Authority, if the project is under Rs 1,000 crore, then there is no need obtain NoC (no objection certificate) and this would save time and legal effort
Energy Department also does not envisage any crisis during the summer months, as additional power is being commissioned. While 700 MW will be added from the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) by the end of January, around 221 MW is expected from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant from January 18.
Karnataka has been purchasing between 700 MW and 1000 MW (between September 2015 and May 2016).
Officials said 2,000 MW of power will be available from hydel stations.

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