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Pakistani delegation to attend briefing on energy savers in India

A high level delegation headed by Secretary Ministry of Water and Power Zafar Mehmood has arrived in India to receive a briefing from Indian authorities on the mechanism used for distribution and installation of energy savers, said an official.

“In addition, the delegation is to participate in the workshop on the Regulators and Policy Makers Retreat 2012 being held in Goa, India, from August 23 to 26,” he said.

CEO of Alternate Energy Development Board Arif Allauddin is also accompanying Mehmood.

In a meeting co-chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf it was decided that the procurement of 30 million energy savers be expedited.

It was also decided that a team of senior officers would be sent to India for briefing on the mechanism being used for the distribution and installation of energy savers, said the official.

Under the $32 million project funded by Manila-based Asian Development Bank and L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Pakistan will procure 30 million energy savers which will be installed across the country.

This will help save 1000-1500MW of electricity. Philips and Beauty Shadow are to provide 30 million CLF bulbs (energy savers).

An official said that Philips will provide 20 million saver bulbs and Beauty Shadow will provide 10 million. Philips is expected to start providing the saver bulbs in September and the authorities concerned would soon start distributing the bulbs for installation.

This process is expected to take three to four months to complete.

A Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL), also called compact fluorescent light, energy-saving light, and compact fluorescent tube, is a fluorescent lamp designed to replace an incandescent lamp.

Compared to general-service incandescent lamps, CFLs claim to give the same amount of visible light and use one-fifth to one-third of the electric power and last eight to 15 times longer.

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