CEA to help state power utilities become energy efficient

Hyderabad, July 26 (IANS) The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is drafting a scheme to help state power utilities with interest subsidy or additional electricity allocation to enable them meet energy efficiency obligations, Chairman Arvinder Singh Bakshi said Thursday.
He said the union power ministry would hold an internal meeting Aug 1 to see how it can handhold state electricity utilities to meet the obligations under the Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme, notified by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
Under the PAT scheme launched earlier this month by the BEE, eight energy-intensive sectors such as thermal power plants, iron and steel, cement, fertilizer, aluminium, textiles, pulp and paper and chlor-alkali have been included.
The CEA is the statutory organisation for technical coordination and supervision of power generation programmes in the country. The energy efficiency standards of thermal plants will be improved by 2015 under PAT scheme.

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