VIA Energy Forum Meet on Open Access
Industries in the State are plagued by high power tariff which is harming business to become uncompetitive and unviable compared to other states in the country. Bringing down energy cost by monitoring and ensuring efficiency in production is required for the industries to survive.
“Open Access (OA) is one of the tools to bring down tariff cost,” said Mr Prashant Mohota, Vice-President of the VIA. He was talking at a programme on ‘Understanding the benefits of open access and reduction of power bill organised by the VIA Energy Forum.
Mr Mohota said that industries using Open Access needed to effectively monitor power cost and ensure saving in power by installing Energy Management System (EMS).”Open Access is an alternate means of cheap power in industries.”
He spoke on the important topics like Open Access rules, cost of OA, agreement with private party, optimising solar power, monitoring saving, reading of OA bill, etc.
Mr Dileep A K, AGM-Solutions Business of Elmeasure India Private Limited, said that Elmeasure provided solutions to monitor energy efficiency through an integrated computerised system. The system could monitor equipment, analysing data and give reports as per customer requirement. The cloud-based system could monitor multiple locations in the plant. It was useful in finding losses and optimise energy consumption.
“Energy conservation is the need of the hour,” he said. Conserving energy increased the efficiency and improved profits. The system had been installed in more than 70 textile mills which were very high energy consumers, he stated.
With the use of smart monitoring devices, one could save a minimum 15 per cent on energy cost. The monitoring system could be used in commercial buildings, malls, hospitals, factories and other establishments with high energy consumption, he added.
Mr Giridari Mantri, Chairman of Knowledge Forum of VIA said that there was a need to bring awareness among the people about the Net Metre Policy introduced by the Government. People could set up their solar power plants on roof tops and open land and bring down their electricity bills. One could generate power, use and adjust the excess power generated through their electricity bills.
Mr Mantri said that the Government had planned to generate a total 7,500 MW solar power. MAHAGENCO would produce 2,500 MW and 5,000 MW through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
He suggested that in the PPP mode, the Government should sell Energy Bonds to the public on per unit basis with assured return or saving in electricity bill. This would ensure raising higher amount of capital and public participation in the PPP project, he added.
Mr R B Goenka, Director of MSEB Holding Company and Chairman of VIA Energy Forum was present. Large number of industrialists were also present.