UJALA Scheme Current Affairs

IAE to tie up with India for its global LED programme

The International Energy Agency (IAE) is going to partner with India to implement its Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) initiative globally for energy savings.

IAE has been impressed with performance of India’s UJALA programme in terms of vastly improving access to LED lighting while reducing their cost drastically.

Key Facts

  • The UJALA scheme is implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Union Ministry of Power.
  • The price at which EESL has been purchasing LED lights to distribute under UJALA scheme has been consistently falling over the last couple of years
  • Along with this, production has also been ramped up to about 4 crore per month from the 10 lakh a month in 2014 to support the implementation of scheme.

About Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme

  • UJALA scheme is LED-based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) that aims to promote efficient lighting, reducing energy consumption and energy savings.
  • It was launched as National LED programme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015. It was renamed UJALA in March 2016.
  • Under it, every grid-connected consumer having a metered connection from their respective Electricity Distribution Company will get the LED bulbs at subsidized rates.
  • Benefits: (i) Electricity savings (ii) Reduction of load (iii) Reduction of consumer bills (iv) Greenhouse gas emission reductions.
  • Note: LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs. They are 8-10 times that of CFLs, therefore provide both energy and cost savings in medium term.

For more information: International Energy Agency

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Gujarat becomes first state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under UJALA scheme

Gujarat has become the first state in the country to distribute two crore LED bulbs under the Centre’s UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) scheme.

The state has reached the milestone in just 96 days and over 42 lakh households have already benefited from the scheme.

Key Facts

  • State-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of the Union Power Ministry had distributed about 2 lakh bulbs daily in Gujarat.
  • The distribution of 2 crore LED bulbs has led to an annual energy savings of 259 crore kwh, (Kilowatt Hour). It is equivalent to lighting up 5 lakh Indian homes for an entire year.
  • Besides energy savings, the state has also gained from daily CO2 emission reduction of 5,000 tonnes.

About UJALA scheme

  • The UJALA scheme was launched on 1 May 2015 replacing the “Bachat Lamp Yojana”. It was launched as LED based “Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP).
  • It was launched as part of Union Government’s efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country.
  • The scheme’s objective is to reduce electricity bills of consumers, contribute to the energy security of India and also help in environment protection.
  • Under it, Government has set ambitious target to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs across the country with LEDs by 2019.
  • LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8 to 10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term.

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