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Expo to focus on energy efficiency for consumers

Special Correspondent

It will provide platform for Indian firms to showcase products and systems

— Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

WHAT'S IN STORE:(From left) R.N. Engineer, president, Urjavaran Foundation; Srinivasan K. Swamy, president, MCCI; and S. Ramalingam, president, Energy and Fuel Users Association, providing the highlights of ‘Empower India 2010,' in Chennai on Thursday.

CHENNAI: Energy efficiency for industry and domestic consumers will be the focus of a three-day exhibition-cum-symposium beginning here on June 25.

‘Empower India 2010' will be hosted by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power and the Urjavaran Foundation in partnership with the Energy and Fuel Users Association of India (ENFUSE) and the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).

Second edition

Addressing reporters, Srinivasan K. Swamy, MCCI president, said the second edition of the event would be held at a time when India as a growing economy was poised to increase its power generation capacity manifold. The Ministry of Power had set forth its Mission of ?Power for all by 2012.'

India is currently the world's sixth largest power consumer and is tipped to be the fourth largest consumer in the next few years, Mr. Swamy said. Given the estimates that one-fourth of the power needs of the country could be met through conservation measures, the event would provide a platform for Indian enterprises to showcase energy efficient products and systems, renewable energy applications and green building components.

R.N. Engineer, president, Urjavaran Foundation, pointed out that India has to target an energy consumption reduction of 7 to 8 per cent per annum to meet the multiple objectives of a high economic growth rate.

Empower India, by bringing together energy efficient products and systems under one roof, will seek to guide consumers to favour such products and propagate the message of energy conservation, he said.

S. Ramalingam, ENFUSE president, said that the exhibition and symposium aimed at empowering people to conserve energy and was aligned to the Ministry of Power's 2012 target of ?Power for all.'

S. Appavu, Senior Electrical Inspector, Electrical Inspectorate, outlined various measures of the Inspectorate undertaken in association with the BEE to promote the conservation message.

Dhun Baldwala, vice-president, Urjavaran Foundation, said that about 40 exhibitors were expected to participate in the event.

Delegates from the UK, France and Germany would attend the symposium.

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