Chandigarh, the capital city of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, is set to conduct an energy audit for the years 2022-23 and 2023-24. This move comes after the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) expressed concern over the non-submission of audit reports for previous years, despite repeated directions. The commission recently directed the department to prioritize the completion of the annual audit and submit a quarterly report on the action plan.
The energy audit aims to assess the actual technical and commercial losses in the city’s electricity consumption. It will analyze the pattern of energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings, providing a comprehensive assessment of electricity consumption and energy efficiency. The audit will also help identify areas where effective technical and administrative measures can be taken to reduce commercial losses.
To carry out the energy audit, the UT electricity department has initiated the process of appointing a consultant. Bids for the consultant position can be submitted until February 19. Previously, an energy audit had been conducted by the Bureau of Energy Audit for the years 2020-21 and 2021-22. Based on the findings of the audit, the department will prepare an evaluation of losses for the subsequent years, including the investment required to reduce these losses.
The energy audit is part of the larger Smart Grid Project in Chandigarh, which aims to improve the city’s electricity infrastructure and promote energy efficiency. Under this project, smart meters have been installed and commissioned in certain subdivisions, and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Centre has been established for online operation and monitoring. However, the project faced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the installation of smart meters in the entire city being postponed.
With the energy audit, Chandigarh aims to gain a better understanding of its energy consumption patterns and identify areas for improvement. By addressing technical and commercial losses, the city can work towards a more efficient and sustainable energy future.
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