EESL Current Affairs - 2020

EEESL of GoI completes one successful year in making India Energy Efficient

The EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) recently celebrated its 10 years of successful operation. The Company adopted the policy of making India Energy Efficiency a year back. It has successfully completed its one year of energy efficiency policy.

Highlights

In the last one year, the company has installed more than 10 lakh smart meters all over India under the Smart Meter National Programme. The company has replaced more than 10.6 million street light bulbs with LED lights. This helped to reduce 20 million tonnes of Carbon-Dioxide. Low cost LED bulbs were distributed through Unnat Jyoti Programme (UJALA). Today, UJALA is the largest domestic lighting project in the world.

About EESL

EESL is the largest energy service company in the world. Apart from Indian projects, the company has also taken up transformation in foreign countries such as UK, south Asia, Middle East and South-East Asia.

Way Forward

In the future, the company is to commission 100 MW of decentralized solar power plants.

India’s UJALA Programme completes 5 successful years

On January 5, 2020, Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) and LED Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) marked their fifth anniversary. The schemes were implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). EESL is a joint venture of PSU operating under Ministry of Power.

Highlights

Under the SLNP initiative, in five years around 1.03 crore smart LED street lights were installed. This helped in reducing Green House Gas emission by 4.8 million tonnes annually. Also, the initiative has created 13,000 jobs.

Under UJALA programme, 36.13 crore LED bubs have been distributed so far. This helped in reducing the green house gas emission by 38 million tonnes annually.

Awards

The initiatives have been highly successful and hence gained world wide recognition. The programmes received South Asia Procurement Innovation Award (SAPLA) in 2017 and CIO 100 award in 2019.

Prices

The scheme has brought down the prices of LED bulbs to one-tenth of rates as in 2015. Also, they have helped in reducing customer bills by 15%.

Future Plans

The SLNP programme aims to replace 1.34 crore street lights with smart LEDs by March 2020. This will help in reducing peak demands by 1.5 GW. Also, this will reduce Green House Gas Emissions by 6.2 million tonnes. The implementing agency of the schemes has planned to invest another 8,000 crores of rupees by 2024 to install mote than 30 million LED street lights.