As a part of the government’s sensitization programme on energy conservation, a new portal named “Energy Savers” was launched on December 14 coinciding with National Energy Conservation day. The new portal is designed to stimulate schoolchildren to start taking energy-conservation actions in their homes, schools, and neighbourhoods, reinforced by school-level activities. At the “going live” of the web portal, Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister for power announced that within next two years all government buildings throughout the country will be equipped with energy saving LED bulbs.
School children from 18 cities namely Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad. Shimla, Patna, Itanagar, Jalandhar, Lucknow, Pune, Bhopal, Raipur, Thiruvanthapuram, Bangalore, Agartala, Gandhinagar, Puducherry, Port Blair, Kavaratti and Haridwar interacted with Shri Goyal through video link at the launch.
This portal will support the spread of a culture of energy efficiency among members of the school community, and help them in carrying out energy-conservation activities themselves, and to engage with their immediate environment including parents, teachers, friends and neighbors.
The portal will enable interaction amongst school children through:
• Creation of Energy Clubs.
• Competitions based on Energy Audits and savings in their schools.
• Essay Competitions etc.
Children who achieve success in the competitions and tasks would be recognized for their achievement and awarded BUSS-labeled products, and assigned titles that recognize their progressive achievements.
The portal will be subsequently developed in vernacular languages so as to maximize outreach among children all over the country. The portal will eventually connect with approximately 50,000 schools across the country and create mass awareness on the need for Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency.
Mr Piyush Goyal said that he will take up with Ministry of Human Resource Development the idea of voluntary inclusion of Energy Management in the school curriculum. The suggestion to this effect came from a student of Government Girls Sr Sec School, Nehru Garden, Jalandhar, Punjab whose teacher present on the occasion assured to pioneer the idea in their school as a role model.
Another suggestion , which came up from Bhopal during the interactive session, was setting up a toll free number in each state , where compliant can be registered regarding wastage of power due to not switching off the street lighting system during day time in the cities and towns. Shri Goyal directed officials to make this “toll free number” operational by 31st Jan, 2015 in all States and UTs and ensure its proper monitoring and management at all levels.
Shri Goyal also accepted a suggestion put forward by students from Lucknow and Puducherry to incentivize the energy saving equipment manufacturers and levy more tax on energy guzzlers. He said that he will take up this idea with the Union Finance Minister . On another suggestion regarding promoting electric vehicles , which came up from a student in Raipur, Shri Goyal appealed to all States to make them tax free and advocated to take it as a pilot project preferably in a hilly state.
A student from Gandhinagar suggested to the Minister for the replication of “ Bal Urja Rakshak Dal” Scheme being implemented in the schools in Gujarat to other States. Responding to this idea, Shri Goyal said that a similar initiative of forming “ Energy Clubs” in all schools is part of the web portal “ Energy Savers” launched on the occasion. He also invited the students to post more such ideas after debating in their schools in the interactive portal.
Accepting an idea of students from Port Blair, the Minister also announced that all islands will be made “ Green Energy” Islands in the next two years. He said the Prime Minister had also emphasized for the usage of hybrid energy solutions in all Islands to achieve this goal. The Minister also announced that from the next year onwards a separate award will be given to the schools which conserve maximum energy.
Winding up the interactive video session with the students , Shri Goyal said that he is committed to implement all the announcements made on the occasion.