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Need of Energy Conservation

Power shortage hampers the economic growth of any State. Energy Conservation is the cheapest, easiest and cleanest way for bridging the gap between  demand and supply. It is estimated  that energy conservation projects require only one fifth of investment compared to the investment required for installation of new power projects.

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Potential for Energy Conservation:

Studies have indicated the following potential for energy conservation in various sectors in the State.

Sr.No  Sector Conservation Potential (%)
1 Industrial Sector Up to 25
2 Agriculture Sector Up to 30
3 Domestic Sector Up to 20
4 Commercial Sector Upto 30

MEDA’s Role in Energy Conservation

‘MEDA’ is a Government of Maharashtra Institution  established in 1985. MEDA is working as ‘State Nodal Agency‘ for promotion of renewable energy sources and as ‘State Designated Agency‘ for implementation of Energy Conservation Act, 2001 in the State of Maharashtra.

The main objectives of MEDA is:

  • To promote and develop, Non-conventional , Renewable and Alternate Energy Sources and Technologies.
  • To implement Energy Conservation Act. 2001, and related schemes in the State.

Objectives of ‘Save Energy Program

In order to tap the potential for energy conservation, MEDA holds that energy audit is the first step towards identification of potential areas for energy conservation. Since MEDA’s inception, MEDA has been promoting this activity and nearly 527 organisations have taken part in this program. The main objective of this program is to provide financial assistance to eligible organisations for carrying out detailed energy audit at their  facilities through empanelled consultants of MEDA. The purpose is to create awareness about energy audit.

The following sectors will be covered under this program:

  • Industries
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Government / Semi Government undertaking / Local Self Government Buildings
  • Residential Complexes
  • Municipal Street Lights / Public Water Supply Schemes.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The unit / Facility willing to do detailed energy audit should be situated in Maharashtra State.
  • The Unit / Facility should be regular payer of electricity bill.
  • Energy Audit should be carried out by only through  MEDA’s empanelled consultant.
  • In case of Government / Semi Government / /Government undertaking / Local Self Government buildings, the supporting documents to clarify the status will be necessary.
  • If the unit / facility is already availing financial assistance from any Government organisation for carrying out the detailed energy audit study then the unit is not eligible for this assistance.

Financial Assistance

Following will be the pattern for providing the financial assistance to unit or facility.

Sr. No. Sector Category Annual Energy Bill Financial Assistance if energy audit is done by Class ‘A’ Energy Auditing firm Financial Assistance if energy audit is done by Class’B’ Energy Auditing Firm
1. Industrial Unit l-1 Less than Rs. 20 Lakhs Rs. 20,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less. Rs. 15,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less.
l-2 More than or equal to Rs. 20 Lakhs but less than or equal to 50 Lakhs Rs. 30,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less Rs. 25,000/-or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less
l-3 More than Rs. 50 Lakhs Rs. 40,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less. Rs. 35,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less.
2. Commercial Buildings C-1 mMore than or equal to Rs. 1 Lakh but less than or equal to Rs.5 lakhs Rs. 25,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less. Rs. 20,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less.
C-2 More than Rs. 5 Lakhs Rs. 30,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less. Rs. 25,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less.
3. Government / Semi – Government / Local self Government Buildings G-1 Less than or equal to Rs. 5 Lakhs Rs. 25,000/- or 50% of the cost of the Energy Audit Study, whichever is less. Rs. 20,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less.
G-2 More than Rs. 5 Lakhs Rs. 35,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less. Rs. 30,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less.
4. Residential Complexes R-1 Maximum Transformer rating 200 kVA Rs. 20,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less. Rs. 15,000/- or 50% of the cost of Energy Audit study, whichever is less.
5. Water Pumping Stations of rural and urban local bodies W-1 More than or equal to Rs. 25 Lakhs Rs. 35,000/- or 50% of the cost of the Energy Audit study, whichever is less. Rs.30,000/- or 50% of the cost of the Energy Audit , whichever is less.
6. Street Lighting systems of rural and urban local bodies SL-1 More than or equal to Rs. 3 Lakhs Rs. 20,000/- or 50% of the cost of the Energy Audit study, whichever is less. Rs. 15,000/- or 50% of the cost of the Energy Audit study, whichever is less.