Impressed with AP government’s efforts to improve energy performance in MSME sector, BEE sanctioned pilot projects for MSMEs in all 13 districts within 24 hours after receiving proposal from APSECM

Energy secretary Srikant Nagulapalli said that The Andhra Pradesh government is going to launch Internet of Things (IoT) pilot project in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in all districts to study energy efficiency measures with the support of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), GoI.

 With the success of initial  pilot project in a MSME unit in East Godavari, which is first of its kind in the country, the Union Ministry of Power led BEE has agreed and sanctioned funds to extend the IoT pilot project to all districts. The APSECM in co-ordination with State industries department will take up the project in 5 MSME units in each district.  

This will help MSMEs to improve energy performance, energy savings, competitiveness, Productivity and identify the scope for introducing latest energy efficiency technologies in the place of existing obsolete or inefficient technologies.

According to officials, the BEE was impressed by the sustainable efforts of Andhra Pradesh government to improve energy performance in MSME sector and responded to the proposal of APSECM to implement IoT pilot project in selected MSMEs across the State. The BEE has immediately sanctioned the pilot projects for all 13 districts along with funding support within a record period of 24 hours.

When the secretary energy informed the chief secretary and chairman of APSECM Nilam Sawhney about the quick response of BEE, the chief secretary said, “Well done BEE. The response of Union Ministry of Power and BEE towards promoting energy efficiency in Andhra Pradesh is highly commendable. The AP State will continue its efforts to make Andhra Pradesh as one of the best state in the energy efficiency sector. For setting up energy conservation cells in all government departments clearly shows the strong commitment of AP Government’s towards improving energy efficiency in the State,” the chief secretary said.

Under the pilot project, IoT enabled power control devices would be installed to examine energy efficiency measures in various kinds of small and medium industries.  The initial pilot project that was taken up in M/s.Padma ceramics in East Godavari district gave excellent results. It was observed that the IoT device would help to avoid energy of around 11000 units per annum in the whole cluster with annual monetary benefit of Rs.80000/-. The device supports real-time monitoring of various electrical parameters and gives information on voltage fluctuations continuously through mobile phone communication which would help MSME’s owner to take immediate steps to save energy and ensure safety of machines.

The Andhra Pradesh has identified around 19 sectors in MSMEs and founded huge opportunities for energy efficiency in MSMEs. Many energy intensive sectors such as foundry and forgings, glass and ceramics, brick, textile, dairy and food processing etc., are having obsolete technologies that causes more energy consumption. The AP DISCOMs estimated that the MSME sector has energy saving potential of around 400 MU per annum at the rate of at least 10 per cent energy savings out of total consumption of 5125 million kilo volt ampere hour (KVAH) in MSMEs in the State.

Energy secretary Srikant Nagulapalli said that as the State government considers 24×7 cost effective power as key instrumental for industrial development and wants to improveenergy efficiency in MSME sector through accelerating adoption of innovative energyefficient technologies, such as IoT enabled power monitoring systems etc.

Special chief secretary for Industries department Karikal Valaven and Director Industries, J V N Subramanyam have welcomed the initiative of BEE and State energy department to implement pilot projects in selected MSME units in all districts and said that the industry department would extend full support to the project which would  help MSME sector in the State.

He further said that Chief Minister Y S JaganMohan Reddy and Minister for Industries M Gowtham Reddy were giving strong support for industrial development and the State government sanctioned an amount of Rs. 1100 crore to offer financial support to MSME sector which was affected due to the Covid-19 crisis. This would benefit more than 90,000 MSME units which were providing employment to around 10 lakh people.

The Energy Secretary has thanked director general of BEE, Abhay Bhakre, for his continued support to AP in the area of energy efficiency and also appreciated the efforts of industries department in supporting energy efficiency activities in MSME sector. He also said that the Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy had appreciated industries department for their active participation and very proactive role in motivating industrial unit holders to introduce energy efficiency technologies in MSMEs.

The CMDs of DISCOMs, S Nagalakshmi, H Haranatha Rao and  J Padma Janardhan Reddy have assured secretary energy to fully focus on providing highly qualitative and reliable 24×7  power for enhancing the productivity in MSMEs.

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