This presentation, made at the ‘National workshop on use of CFLs for energy conservation and better load management’ highlights the huge potential for CFLs in low consumption, poor consumer category. It also demonstrates that due to low paying capacity and high discount rates, poor consumers from this category (around 140 million) are unlikely to shift to CFLs, and in the process a peak load saving potential of over 10,000 MW, will not be realised. To achieve the significant peak load reduction potential from this category, the presentation suggests, among other measures, need to integrate CFLs in the upcoming rural electrification program. This workshop, held in August 2005, at New Delhi, was jointly organised by BEE, IEEMA, ELCOMA, PFC and Prayas.
Demand Side Management (DSM) is the most economic and efficient measure for load management. Since the first tariff order consumer representatives were demanding that MSEB undertakes aggressive DSM programs. Through various orders, MERC also directed MSEB to promote DSM. In spite of such directives, no concrete DSM program was undertaken by MSEB. In a presentation, made at the time of one of the compliance monitoring hearings by MERC, Prayas proposed that MSEB must initiate a concrete DSM scheme and proposed a program for 10 MW Conservation Power Plant (CPP) based on CFLs. In response to this MSEB launched a program on similar lines in Nashik city and has since distributed nearly 3 lakh CFLs.
Energy efficiency is high on the government agenda but we lack the commensurate action. Utility supported Demand Side Management (DSM) for different consumer segments can quickly save tens of thousands of MW in India. DSM can reduce power shortage at much lower cost compared to adding new capacity. Prayas carried out a study for WWF (Climate Change & Energy Program), which reviews the experience of DSM, identifies measures for realising the true potential of DSM. The report highlights the key role of the regulatory commissions, their legal mandate to implement low cost solutions to power problems and also recommends urgent actions needed.