Capacity Building Programme on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Tirunelveli

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 22:49

The Electricity Consumer Cell (ECC), Tirunelveli, organized a capacity building programme on “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” on January 30, 2018, at Arulmegu Sri Selva Vinayagar Kovil, Kotha Nagar B colony, V.M. Chatram. The purpose of the programme was to build consumer awareness on energy conservation and to educate them about energy-efficient devices and renewable energy concepts at the household level. Consumer groups, civil society organizations, and local residents participated in the programme. Mr. Charles, Assistant Engineer, TANGEDCO, was the special guest for the occasion.

Mr. Chandrababu, PRO, ECC Tirunelveli, inaugurated the session with a prayer song and welcomed the participants. Mr. Venkatachalam, Tirunelveli Consumer Protection Sangam, gave an introduction on the efforts  of ECC Tirunelveli in supporting consumers address electricity issues. He further gave examples of how the ECC functions as a bridge between consumers and TANGEDCO.

Mr. Shanmugam, Advisor, ECC Tirunelveli, spoke about electricity hazards and the precautions to be taken in order to avoid such hazards. He gave some tips on how to use electricity efficiently and the benefits of solar power in energy conservation.

Mr. Vishnu Mohan Rao, Senior Researcher from Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) presented the work of ECC in Thiruvallur, Cuddalore, and Tirunelveli. He focused on the role of ECC in supporting consumers address day-to-day electricity challenges.

Sridhar S.I., Researcher, CAG, gave a presentation on energy efficiency and energy conservation methods at the household level. He listed out  household appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, geysers etc... that consume more electricity and suggested replacing them with latest energy-efficient devices. He provided examples on how  saving energy in units is possible when a normal incandescent bulb is replaced with a compact fluorescent bulb and LED lamps. He further gave examples of simple energy-saving methods for all household devices. This was followed by discussions on energy-efficient practices in their respective houses.

Mr. I. Anto Jeyarajan, Business Head, Green Tech Solar, gave a presentation on solar power for households. He talked about the application of solar thermal energy and rooftop solar photovoltaics for homes. He showcased some of the successful projects of Green Tech Solar at various  locations with the help of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. He also highlighted various subsidies available and net-metering benefits of using rooftop solar.

Mr. Charles, Assistant Engineer, TANGEDCO, talked about the causes for frequent power cuts and power failure. He said that  TANGEDCO’s consumer helpline facility is available in the Tirunelveli area for filing complaints about any kind of electricity issue. He also shared the efforts of  TANGEDCO to rectify the voltage fluctuation issues in Tirunelveli town. He advised consumers to inform TANGEDCO to get the required supply before increasing their load, so that the power fluctuations can be avoided. He gave examples of disruption in supply caused by various means including falling branches of some trees on to the distribution lines. He advised consumers to report such events and to remove or cut down such trees in their respective premises in order to avoid power failures.

Mr. G.N. Bharath Ram, Researcher, shared details about recent efforts undertaken by CAG and FEDCOT on “Ockhi Electricity Infrastructure Mapping” in Nagercoil and Kanyakumari (https://ecc.ushahidi.io/). He spoke about how the survey was done and highlighted the infrastructure damages and power outage in the villages of Kanyakumari and Nagercoil caused by the cyclone. He gave a presentation on the number of ECC complaints with the help of ‘CARTODB’ map and explained mapping of the complaints.

Mr. Ramayya, organizer, concluded the session with a vote of thanks.            

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Current News Volume III, Issue 2: February 2018

Thu, 01/03/2018 - 16:15

Highlights

  • Surge Protectors for Electrical and Electronic Devices.
  • Study Suggests Tamil Nadu Move Away from Thermal Power. 
  • Bill on "Right to Electricity" likely in Monsoon Session. 
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Case (CGRF)
  • ECC Voice - Relocating Damaged Electricity Pole (Tamil).

Plus Publications/Cases:
Adoption of Solar and Wind Energy: The Roles of Carbon Pricing and Aggregate Policy Support, February 2018.

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Electricity Consumer Cell (ECC) Outreach Meeting Report - Tirunelveli

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 08:29

ECC - Tirunelveli, in association with Tirunelveli District Consumer Rights Protection Sangam, conducted outreach meetings at Perumalpuram (October 21, 2017) and N.G.O colony (November 27, 2017) of Tirunelveli District.

Mr. Venkatachalam, ECC Organiser, explaining about Electricity Consumer Cell, N.G.O colony

The objective of the meeting was to educate consumers on the ECC’s functions, energy governance, and electricity problems. Mr. Venkatachalam, Coordinator, ECC Tirunelveli, explained the objectives of ECC Tirunelveli in detail and highlighted the role of ECC in maintaining a strong relationship between consumers and service providers. He advised the consumers to directly meet the electricity officials rather than field staff.

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Mr. Shanmugam, ECC Advisor, explaining about Electricity Consumer Cell, Perumalpuram

Mr. Shanmugam, Advisor, ECC Tirunelveli, clarified questions raised by consumers on electricity complaints such as procedure for name transfer, tariff change, voltage fluctuation, etc. He demonstrated the advantages of solar energy and gave a comparative analysis of energy consumption with normal bulbs and LED bulbs/tube lights. He discussed the complaints registered with ECC Tirunelveli and encouraged consumers to contact them at any time. During the meeting, ECC handbills were distributed to participants from the locality.

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Presenting the catalog to the public

Mr. G.N. Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG, briefed the participants about CAG’s work and projects, the objectives and functions of ECC, and the procedure for registering the electricity complaints. He explained the details of the ECC catalog that include information on forms and procedure for name transfer, functioning of meters, grievance redressal mechanism, application for new electricity connection, etc. The catalog also consists of instructions and dos and don’ts with regard to the electricity rights and governance.

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Electricity Consumer Cell (ECC) Outreach Meeting Report - Tiruvallur

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 08:26

ECC-Tiruvallur conducted intensive outreach meetings with the help of Madras Metropolitan Consumer Rights and Protection Centre (MMCRPC) in the following places – Puthagram (November 22, 2017), Ikkadu (December 18, 2017), Chedilpakkam (January 03, 2018) and Podatturpet (January 27, 2018) in Tiruvallur District to promote the work of ECCs among the public. The meetings were organized by Mr. M. Selvaraj (General Secretary, MMCRPC), Mr. V. Asokan (ECC Advisor), and Mr. Nagaraj (ECC Co-coordinator). ECC handbills were distributed to the public of Tiruvallur district. Mr. M. Selvaraj, General Secretary, MMCRPC, explained the functions and objectives of ECC and described the process of registering electricity complaints.

Mr. Nagarajan, explaining about ECC, Puthagaram

Mr. V. Ashokan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvallur, explained the concept of energy efficiency and energy conservation to the public. Subsequently, he explained the advantages of solar energy, LED bulbs, and tube lights, which consume less energy. He presented a comparative analysis between energy consumption of normal bulbs, tube lights with LED bulbs, and tube lights - based on their wattage and voltage. Finally, consumers registered their complaints in the advisory form given to them. The experts offered suggestions to some of the complainants by advising them to write a letter to the concerned officials.

Mr. Ashokan, ECC Advisor, explaining the process for handling complaints, Ikkadu

Mr. G.N. Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG, briefed the participants about CAG’s work and projects, the objectives and functions of ECCs, and the procedure for registering electricity complaints.  He explained the details of the ECC catalog that include information on forms and procedure for name transfer, functioning of meters, grievance redressal mechanism, application for new electricity connection, etc. The catalog also consists of instructions and do’s and don’ts with regard to the electricity rights and governance.

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Outreach meeting participants, Podatturpet

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Electricity Consumer Cell (ECC) Outreach Meeting Report - Cuddalore

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 08:25

ECC-Cuddalore conducted intensive outreach meetings to promote ECCs among the public at Muthaiah Nagar (November 11, 2017) and Sivayam (January 12, 2018) of Cuddalore District. It was organized by Mr. Ambikapathi (ECC Coordinator) and Mr.S. Balasubramaniyan (ECC Advisor). ECC handbills were distributed in Sivayam, Kumaratchi, Muthaiah Nagar, and Chidambaram villages of Cuddalore district to promote and create awareness about ECC.

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Mr. Ambikapathi , ECC Coordinator, explaining  energy conservation - Muthaih Nagar village

 

Mr. R. Ambikapathi (ECC Coordinator), Cuddalore, spoke about the functions of the electricity sector and examples of the problems faced by the people. The objective of the meeting was to educate and create awareness among consumers on ECC functions, energy governance, electricity problems, and solar energy.

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Mr. G. N. Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG explaining about Functions of ECC - Muthiah Nagar village

Mr. G.N. Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG, briefed the participants about CAG’s work and projects,  objectives and functions of ECC, and the procedure for registering electricity complaints. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the procedures for registering electricity complaints and redressal mechanisms. He explained the details of the ECC catalog that include information on forms and procedure for name transfer, the functioning of meters, grievance redressal mechanism, application for new electricity connection, etc.

Outreach meeting participants, Sivayam village

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Capacity Building Programme on Energy Governance, Cuddalore

Mon, 29/01/2018 - 08:31

Electricity Consumer Cell (ECC), Cuddalore, organized a capacity building programme titled “Energy Governance” on December 22, 2017, at Krishnasamy College of Engineering and Technology, Cuddalore. The participants included Civil Society Organizations, electricity experts, engineering students, and academicians. Mr. Ambikapathi, ECC Coordinator, Cuddalore, welcomed the guests and participants and gave an introductory speech on the purpose of the capacity building programme.  

Mr. Selvaraj, Chairman, Federation of Consumer Organisation Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (FEDCOT), addressed the participants about consumer rights and its benefits. He explained the issues faced by consumers and shared information about various renewable energy options apart from the conventional energy resources. He also spoke about benefits of renewable energy resources, advantages of using energy-efficient appliances, the importance of energy conservation, and shared examples of simple electricity-saving practices such as turning off lights when not in use, replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulb, etc.

Mr. Vishnu Mohan Rao, Senior Researcher from Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), explained the purpose of the ECC and showcased the work of ECC Cuddalore to the participants. He focused on how ECC serves consumers in facing day-to-day electricity issues and challenges. He spoke about the various sections of the Electricity Act 2003 on generation, distribution, transmission, and trading in power. He said that the Act addresses all the key areas of electricity.  

Mr. G.N. Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG, elucidated recent efforts undertaken by CAG and FEDCOT on “Ockhi Electricity Infrastructure Mapping” in Nagercoil and Kanyakumari (https://ecc.ushahidi.io/). He presented details about the implementation of the survey, which highlighted the infrastructure damages and power outage in the villages of Kanyakumari and Nagercoil caused by the cyclone Ockhi. He gave a presentation on the number of ECC complaints lodged with the help of ‘CARTODB’ map and explained about mapping the complaints.

During the discussion session, participants posed questions on their everyday challenges pertaining to electricity, the Electricity Act, and ECC related queries.

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Current News - Volume II, Issue 12: December 2017

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 16:04

Highlights

  • The Solar Cooking (PART-1)
  • TNERC Draft Norms makes Forecasting of Wind, Solar Power Mandatory. 
  • Government Plans to Allow Consumers to Switch Power Services Companies. 
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Case (CGRF)
  • ECC Voice - Information on Additional Security Deposit (Tamil)

Plus Publications/Cases:
Developing Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Myanmar: A Guide Book, December 2017.

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