30 million free-of-cost Compact Fluorescent Lamps to save 1,000 MW: Naveed Qamar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar has directed to launch Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs; usually called energy saver bulbs) distribution programme from April throughout the country in a transparent manner.

He made these directions while presiding over a meeting on distribution plan of CFLs held here today. The Secretary Ministry of Water and Power, CEOs of the Discos, Programme Coordinator, senior officials of ministry and representatives of KESC participated.

The Minister said 30 million CFLs will be distributed free of cost to non-defaulters domestic consumers under national energy efficiency programme with the financial cooperation of Asian Development Bank and AFD of France. He asked the Project Coordinator of NTDC that further delay in this very important energy conservation plan will not be allowed. He asked the Discos to devise a transparent distribution and monitoring mechanism. A proper awareness campaign and plan of distribution must be started for the consumers.

The Minister said that the National CFL project is an initiative of Government of Pakistan to improve energy efficiency in power sector. The President and the Prime Minister are very keen to start the programme at the earliest. Approximately 1000 MW will be saved under this programme and will help to reduce the gap between demand and supply and will give relief to industrial and other consumers, he added.

The meeting decided that the CFLs will be distributed in three phases by the Discos and in the first phase life line consumers will be given two CFLs in exchange of two healthy Incandescent Bulbs (IBs) of 40 and 100 Watts.

It was informed that Ministry of Water & Power will carry out over all project management. The project will help in reducing peak demand over 1000 MW, in avoiding generation of 1600 MW. The project will yield Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) revenues of about $32 million by 2018. It will reduce consumer’s bills by Rs 300 per bulb per year.

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