National Efficient Cooking Program & Energy Efficient Fans Program (EEFP)

National Efficient Cooking Program & Energy Efficient Fans Program

Context: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has launched National Efficient Cooking Program (NECP) and Energy Efficient Fans Program (EEFP). These initiatives are aimed at revolutionizing cooking practices in India and emphasizing on the importance energy efficiency. 

About National Efficient Cooking Program

  • NECP aims to distribute 20 lakhs non-solar/electricity-based energy-efficient induction cook stoves nationwide. 
  • The induction based cookstoves to be distributed under the program offer a cost advantage of 25-30% over traditional cooking methods, promising both energy savings and cost-effective cooking solutions.
  • It is a sub-program under the Clean Cooking Scheme of EESL.
  • Implemented by EESL.
  • EESL has already been promoting clean and safe electric cooking to support India’s Go-electric campaign.
  • EESL has partnered with Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) for large-scale deployment of induction cookstoves. 

Significance of the scheme

  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Lower electricity bills for consumers
  • Contribute to India’s green transition and carbon mitigation goals.
  • Reduced environmental impact of inefficient cooking methods, ensuring cleaner air and improved health for citizens.
  • Accelerate the acceptance and large-scale adoption of modern electric cooking devices in India.
  • Currently, cooking is based on biomass burning in rural areas and LPG or City Gas Distribution based in urban areas. LPG and CNG are largely imported by India. Shift to electricity-based cooking will improve India’s energy security.
  • Many poor families are not able to afford the price of LPG cylinder. Hence, electricity-based cooking will reduce cooking cost especially for poor consumers.
  • Electricity based induction cooking has been seeing increased demand due to factors like modular kitchen, rising LPG costs and versatility of cooking with induction. 
  • Higher safety and convenience of cooking on induction cookstoves.
  • Increased adoption of induction based cookstoves in various food outlets.

Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS)

MECS program researches the socio-economic realities of a transition from polluting fuels to energy-efficient electric cooking devices. 

Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) is an eight-year research programme funded by UK Aid.

About Energy Efficient Fans Program (EEFP)

  • EEFP aims at deploying energy-efficient BLDC fans by distributing 1 crore ceiling fans.
  • Contemporary 5-star fans consume only 28-32W. However, Conventional fans typically consume 75-80 W.  Thus, using them will lead to savings of electricity and reduced energy bills for consumers. 
  • Mandatory star rating of ceiling fans: Bureau of Energy Efficiency, which is a statutory body, under the Energy Conservation Act has made star-labelling of ceiling fans mandatory from 1st January 2023. 

Significance of Energy Efficient Fans Program

  • Ceiling fans contribute to 40% (Approximately) of total residential electricity consumption in India, accounting for over a quarter of India’s overall electricity usage.
  • By replacing, all current fans with most efficient models, nearly 20% of total residential electricity consumption can be reduced. 
  • Despite, large energy savings, adoption rate of 5-star energy efficient fans stands at a mere 5%. This indicates that widespread adoption of energy-efficient fans will lead to substantial energy conservation. 
  • The EEFP program is expected to not only address the demand for new fans but also motivate existing ceiling fans users to upgrade to energy-efficient fans.
  • Contribute to India’s green transition and carbon mitigation goals.

About Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)

  • Energy Efficient Services Limited is a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power.
  • It functions under the Ministry of Power.
  • It is a leading Energy Service Company which aims to promote energy-efficient products like LED bulbs, tube lights, air conditioners, streetlights and electric vehicles.
  • EESL’s transparent procurement processes, overseen by CVC, have enabled them to distribute millions of these products, resulting in substantial energy savings, reduced peak demand, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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