India CSR News Network
MUMBAI: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power player has undertaken several initiatives to promote energy conservation practices. With consumer interest as priority, Tata Power has continuously endeavored towards reduced distribution losses while improving efficiency management.
With a customer base of more than 4 lakh in Mumbai, Tata Power has built a reputation of providing reliable and uninterrupted power 24X7 to the city of dreams for over 9 decades. The Company’s energy efficiency sensitization efforts are focused on shifting power usage away from the peak consumption period, more intelligent use of high power using devices such as air-conditioners, responsible electricity consumption behaviour – such as switching off devices at the plug point when not in use – and encouraging consumers to use energy efficient devices.
Additionally, Tata Power’s Club Enerji programme aims at empowering school children to participate and lead in energy conservation, is the only one of its kind energy conservation programme, and has reached out to more than 400 schools across India, sensitised more than 5.2 million citizens and saved more than 8.7 million units till date. This saving is equivalent to saving 8700 tonnes of CO2 and is enough to light up approximately 4090 houses for a year.
Tata Power has several Demand Side Management (DSM) initiatives for their customers and was the first utility in India to introduce the Demand Response Programme – practiced widely in developed countries wherein consumers are promoted to voluntarily reduce their load at a pre-determined time. Tata Power initiatives for consumers are specifically designed to create awareness about latest energy efficient appliances, help the consumer to replace his old inefficient equipment, promote large energy efficiency projects and offer incentives for energy saving.
As a part of its energy conservation and efficiency initiatives Tata Power conducts special Energy Audits, targeting its industrial and commercial consumers in the city. Under this program, customer’s premise is audited by a certified Energy Audit Agency and recommendations are provided by this agency for achieving further reduction in energy consumption. The consumer pays only 25% of the fees, while the remaining is borne by Tata Power.
Tata Power also conducts regular safety and precautionary audits for its customers in the city of Mumbai targeting small commercial and industrial establishments, high footfall areas as well as residential consumers. These audits aiming at determining necessary actions to minimize hazards are conducted by divisional engineers with the help of professional safety consultants. They make the customers aware about basic electrical safety, causes of electrical accidents at home and preventive measures to avoid them.
Speaking about the practice, Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Power said, “Tata Power is committed to ‘responsible growth’. We focus on the production of clean and green power, invest and implement eco-friendly technologies, reduce our carbon footprint and join global initiatives to combat climate change. DSM fits into the overall strategy of Tata Power as it minimizes adverse environmental impacts, lowers the cost of energy, reduces power cuts and shortages, and conserves energy thus helping us in carrying forward our green legacy.”