Maharashtra to soon introduce Energy Conservation policy

The draft of the policy, prepared in line with the Centre's Energy Conservation Policy of 2001 has been uploaded on the government's website and recommendations have been invited from experts to strengthen it, a statement released by the state Energy department said.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016, 01:45 AM IST

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government will soon come up with an Energy Conservation policy which will aim at enhancing the technology required to improve electricity generation.

The draft of the policy, prepared in line with the Centre's Energy Conservation Policy of 2001 has been uploaded on the government's website and recommendations have been invited from experts to strengthen it, a statement released by the state Energy department said.

"Increase in development and growing population of the state has caused a rise in the demand for electricity. Keeping in mind the development of industries, there will be a further rise in energy demand," it said.

As per the release, most of the electricity being generated today is through non-renewable sources like coal, fuels, etc which causes an imbalance in nature, increases pollution and is a factor causing global warming.

"Also since these resources are fast depleting, we may not have enough of them in future. Thus these resources need to be used wisely," it added.

The Energy department said the new policy will ensure the government provides sufficient infrastructure for the Centre's 2001 policy to be implemented.

Once implemented after getting the state Cabinet's nod, the government will save around 1000 MW energy in various sectors by 2020-21, it added.

The policy once implemented will also aim to reduce the financial burden on the government by saving electricity, oil and gas.