Home to one of the world’s biggest municipal systems, India is plagued by high operating expenses in the supply of water. Anywhere between 40% to 60 % of energy costs arise only from supplying water, and an estimated 4800 million units in electricity is wasted every year due to inefficient water pumps. India has immense potential to tap into savings from Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme (MEEP), which include retrofitting inefficient municipality pump sets.
Hence, to facilitate market transformation and replicate Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme (MEEP) on a large scale in India, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector entity under Ministry of Power, Government of India have jointly taken up an initiative that will enable replacement of inefficient pumps in Public Water Works & Sewerage Systems at no upfront cost to the Municipal bodies. The investment will be recovered from the savings in energy.
Energy audit and energy consumption optimization are mandatory reforms under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Accordingly, the objective of the MEEP is to provide an overarching framework in order to facilitate engagement between Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and State Governments/ UTs with EESL in the area of Energy Efficiency Programme in Public Water Works & Sewerage Systems in 500 nos. of Indian cities. It is also desired that using the mandate and core competency of EESL, the preparation and implementation of projects in Municipal Energy Efficiency are fast-tracked.
Through energy audit, it has been determined that, energy costs accounts for 40% to 60% of the operating expense of supplying water in India. By becoming Energy Efficient, ULBs can reap
The present status of implementation can be accessed at http://meep.eeslindia.org/dashboard/.
Source : EESL