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Distribution of energy saver bulbs to start from April

Friday, February 10, 2012 ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar has directed to launch Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) or energy saver bulbs distribution programme from April throughout the country in a transparent manner.

He made these directions while presiding over a meeting on the distribution plan of CFLs held here on Thursday. The secretary Ministry of Water and Power, CEOs of the discos, programme coordinator, senior officials of the ministry and representatives of KESC participated.

The minister said the 30 million CFLs will be distributed free of cost to non-defaulters domestic consumers under the National Energy Efficiency Programme with the financial cooperation of the Asian Development Bank and AFD of France.

He asked the Project Coordinator of the NTDC that further delay in this very important energy conservation plan will not be allowed. He asked the Discos to devise a transparent distribution and monitoring mechanism. A proper awareness campaign and plan of distribution must be started for the consumers. The minister said that the National CFL project is an initiative of the government to improve energy efficiency in power sector.

The president and prime minister are very keen to start the programme at the earliest. Approximately, 1,000MW will be saved under this programme and will help to reduce the gap between demand and supply and will give relief to industrial and other consumers.

The meeting decided that the CFLs will be distributed in three phases by Discos and in the first phase life line consumers will be given two CFLs in exchange of two healthy Incandescent Bulbs (IBs) of 40 and 100 Watts. It was informed that the Ministry of Water & Power will carry out the overall project management. The project will help in reducing peak demand over 1,000MW, in avoiding generation of 1,600MW.

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