Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), in collaboration with Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Power, has unveiled two groundbreaking initiatives – the National Efficient Cooking Programme (NECP) and the Energy Efficient Fans Programme (EEFP). Launched during a prestigious event in New Delhi, these programs are poised to revolutionize India’s energy landscape, focusing on the promotion of energy-efficient fans and electric cooking. EESL’s ambitious vision involves distributing an impressive 1 crore Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) fans and 20 lakh energy-efficient induction cook stoves nationwide. These initiatives have the potential to make significant strides in reducing energy consumption and cutting carbon emissions.
Union Minister R. K. Singh, presiding over the launch event, emphasized the strategic significance of transitioning to electric cooking. He underscored the need to reduce dependence on imported Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) for cooking, highlighting the imperative of enhancing energy security. While acknowledging the affordability of LNG, he pointed out the inherent risks of relying on foreign sources for critical energy needs. The minister advocated for a shift towards indigenous energy sources, with electric cooking being a pivotal component of this transition.
RK Singh also debunked a common myth, asserting that there is no discernible difference in the quality of food cooked with electric induction stoves compared to traditional gas stoves. This message will be widely disseminated through collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.
Electric cooking is expected to alleviate the financial burden on low-income families who may struggle to afford gas cylinders, even with government subsidies. The minister noted that this transition would provide a cost-effective solution, benefiting disadvantaged households.
Furthermore, Minister Singh delivered a clear message to fan manufacturers, announcing that inefficient fans would be swiftly phased out. He commended EESL’s Five-Star-rated fans and reiterated India’s commitment to becoming a global leader in energy efficiency.
The Ministry of Power and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), both under the Ministry of Power, received praise from the minister for their contributions to India’s journey as a world leader in energy transition. He highlighted the government’s plan to electrify the economy and transition to cleaner electricity sources.
Shri Vishal Kapoor, CEO of EESL, expressed his enthusiasm for the newly launched programs, noting that they would significantly enhance energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprints in Indian households. Previous EESL initiatives, such as the distribution of LED bulbs and energy-efficient streetlights, have already made a substantial impact on energy consumption and emissions reduction.
The Energy Efficient Fans Programme is expected to generate significant replacement demand, particularly in a market valued at approximately Rs. 10,500 crores. The introduction of Star labeling in this program promises to be a game-changer in promoting energy-efficient fans.
These initiatives represent a major stride towards achieving energy efficiency, affordability, and sustainability in India. They are expected to pave the way for a greener and more environmentally responsible future.