Saina, Gopichand to promote power saving

Published: 10th February 2013 08:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2013 08:25 AM   |  A+A-

Power consumers in state will soon receive energy conservation tips from Saina Nehwal and Pullela Gopichand with the badminton stars agreeing to aid the State Energy Conservation Mission to promote power saving measures.

Officials from SECM met the duo here Saturday and invited them to be a part of its energy conservation (EC) and energy efficiency (EE) campaign. “Both Saina and Gopichand agreed. We will soon chalk out a strategy and spread activities across the state,” SECM CEO A Chandrasekhar Reddy said.

Saina and Gopichand will not be paid for their participation in the campaign.

At the meeting on Saturday, the two players were given a presentation on the grave power crisis gripping the state. Chief secretary Minnie Mathew called on the players, seeking their support, sources said. After the players were informed of the acute scarcity of coal, gas and water being faced, they came forward to extend their full support, sources said.

Industry bodies such as CII, FICCI, FAPCCI, and central PSUs such as the Central Institute for Rural Electrification and Rural Electrification Corporation have already supported the EC and EE measures.

State has a total installed power capacity of 16,500 MW but it is able to generate only about 10,000 MW due to shortage of coal and natural gas. The state hopes to save at least 15,000 million units of power per annum through EC and EE measures.

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