India adds energy efficiency to smart cities programme 14 OCTOBER 2016

In India, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) signed a deal with the Ministry of Urban Development to enhance energy conservation and ensure grid reliability.

Under the agreement, EESL and the Ministry of Urban Development will supply and deploy the latest energy efficiency technologies at municipal level in cities selected to benefit from the country’s Smart Cities Mission.

The Smart Cities Mission is an initiative designed by the Indian government under prime minister Narendra Modi, to deploy smart city technologies to modernise the infrastructure of 100 cities to ensure qualify of life in India.

Municipal energy efficiency programmes

The two parties will focus on helping water utilities and public lighting operators reduce their energy usage and costs to optimise their operations.

For water utilities, the energy efficiency programmes will ensure replacement of existing water pumps and sewage systems with energy efficient models.

EESL will provide maintenance services in addition to arranging and providing funding for installation of energy efficiency technologies and equipment.

The Pune Municipal Corporation is amongst the first cities to benefit from the Municipal Energy Efficiency programme, reported a local publication. [India announces $149.9m energy efficiency budget]

Commenting on the signing of the agreement, Rajya Sabha, member of parliament for Vandana Chavan, said: “Climate change is a major cause for concern. It is high time we as citizens took part and supported all efforts to mitigate climate change, be it protecting biodiversity parks or implementing projects to save energy.”

Clean energy adoption and grid reliability

The news follows early October’s announcement by the Swedish Ministry of Environment and Energy that it plans to invest up to $3.5 million to ensure grid reliability and improve clean energy adoption in India.

The Swedish ministry will direct the capital towards research and development of clean energy technologies in the Asian state.

The money will be used to develop technologies to simplify integration of renewable energy sources with energy storage systems and grid networks.

The funding falls under an agreement on energy cooperation signed by the two countries in 2010.

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