Efficient use of energy resources and their conservation assume tremendous significance as one unit of energy saved at the consumption level reduces the need for fresh capacity creation by 2 times to 2.5 times. Further, such saving through efficient use of energy can be achieved at less than one-fifth the cost of fresh capacity creation. Most importantly, energy conservation also translates into reduction of carbon footprint. Coal companies also have several areas for implementing energy efficiency measures:
• Colonies, buildings, offices, industrial establishments, rest houses etc.
• Various mining activities – HEMM, Transport, Ventilation, Pumping etc.
• Efficient Power Supply Management and many other avenues
Coal companies have been taking of various energy conservation and efficiency measures over the years and have envisaged various efficiency measures to be taken in coming years:
Reducing electricity /diesel consumption by taking appropriate measures after comprehensive energy audit
Replacing conventional lights by LED lights
Replacing conventional ACs and other appliances by energy efficient Star rated appliances
Installation of capacitor banks and other measures to improve power factor
Use of auto-timers in street lights
Use of Energy efficient pumps (EESL)
Deploying E-Vehicles (EESL)
By implementing various energy efficiency measures, Coal/lignite PSUs have envisaged to create additional carbon offset potential of 1 Lakh Ton/annum.
CIL has signed MOU with EESL to implement Energy Efficiency Programs at CIL and Subsidiaries. This shall cover Building Energy Efficiency Projects (BEEP), Replacement of old fans, ACs and conventional light fittings, motors, adoption of e-vehicle, installation of distributed and rooftop solar projects.
Coal companies have been taking of various energy conservation and efficiency measures during FY 2021-22 to FY 2023-24 (till October, 2023) such as replacement of 4.12 lakh conventional lightswith LED lights, 5082 energy efficient ACs, 81627 Super Fans, deployment of 182 E-vehicles, 1565 Efficient Water Heaters, 415 Energy Efficient Motors for Pumps, 2511 Auto-timer in street lights and installation of Capacitor Banks and have envisaged many more efficiency measures to be taken in coming years.