VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra Pradesh has taken up several renewable energy projects in recent times. The state currently has a 7.5 gigawatts renewable energy contracted capacity, translating to 40% of the total installed capacity of 18.8 GW.
The state could reduce 2.46 million tonnes of carbon emissions by implementing the ‘Perform, Achieve and Trade’ scheme in Industries. Meanwhile, the AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) will work on a roadmap to achieve the state’s energy savings’ target of 6.68 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) by 2030, out of the national target of 150 mtoe.
BEE director general Abhay Bakre, who chaired a virtual meeting after his participation in the Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF) meeting in Pittsburgh, United States, said that energy efficiency will assist all state governments in achieving energy security. “This will ultimately expand economies, create jobs, reduce energy consumption, and cut greenhouse gas emissions, among other things,” said Bakre. He urged other states to follow AP and Kerala, which established a dedicated body to accelerate the implementation and promotion of energy conservation and efficiency projects in their respective states.