Capacity building programmes on Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation, and Renewable Energy - October 2019

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 13:08

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) conducted capacity building meetings on energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy in the month of October 2019 at:

 

1. Tamilnadu Social Service Society (TASOSS) hall, Sangillyandapuram, Trichy on 19 October 2019;

Speakers:

  • Vanaja, Director, People’s Action Service Society (PASS)
  • Velusamy, Advisor, ECC - Trichy
  • Balaji, Researcher, CAG
  • Loganathan, Trichy Electronics 
  • Prakash, Coordinator, ECC - Trichy.

2. Grand Lyon Community Hall, Redhills, Tiruvallur on 19 October 2019;

Speakers:

  • Selvaraj, Chairman, Federation of Consumer Organisations Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (FEDCOT)
  • Dhanraj, Coordinator, ECC - Tiruvallur
  • Nagarajan, Organiser, ECC - Tiruvallur,
  • Dhivya, ECC Engineer, CAG,
  • Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG
  • Rajendran, Solar developer, 
  • Ashokan, Advisor, ECC - Salem

3. Tamil Nadu Min Amaiparlargal Mathiya Sangam (TMAMS), Salem on 20 October 2019;

Speakers:

  • Boopathi.J.M, Founder of Consumer Voice Foundation,
  • Prabakaran.L, Coordinator, ECC - Salem,
  • Jayaraman, Advisor, ECC - Salem,
  • Balaji, Researcher, CAG
  • Saravanan, NIRT Renewable Energy,
  • Sribaskar, Coordinator, ECC - Salem 

4. Muslim Girls Higher secondary school, Tirunelveli on 30 October 2019; 

Speakers:

  • Venkatachalam, President, Tirunelveli Maavata Nugarvor Urimai Paadhukaapu Sangam,
  • Muthusamy, Coordinator, ECC - Tirunelveli
  • Shanmugam, Advisor, ECC - Tirunelveli,
  • Balaji, Researcher, CAG,
  • Denish Venu, Assistant Engineer, Melapalayam, Tirunelveli
  • Anto Jeyaraj, GreenTech Solar,
  • Ganapathi Subramaniyan, FEDCOT, District Secretary.

5. MKG Thirumana mandapam, Mangalam, Tiruvanamalai on 22 October 2019.

Speakers:

  • Rama Perumal, Director, Sadayanodai Ilaignar Narpani Mandram (SINAM)
  • Dhivya, ECC Engineer, CAG,
  • Anandhan, Advisor, ECC - Tiruvanamalai
  • Ashok Kumar, Coordinator, ECC - Tiruvanamalai

 

Image 1 - Participants at the Trichy capacity building meeting

Topics covered in all districts:

The objective of the meeting was to create awareness and educate consumers to conserve energy through behavioural changes and the use of energy-efficient appliances. Consumers from the domestic, commercial, and agricultural sector participated in the meetings.

Image 2: Mr. Nagarajan, Organiser, ECC - Tiruvallur welcoming the participants and gave objective of the meeting

In all meetings, the heads of the organisations welcomed the participants and explained about ECC functions. Respective Advisors spoke to participants on various consumer-related queries and ECC’s relationship with Tamilnadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd. (TANGEDCO) officials in resolving consumer problems. Researchers and ECC Engineers from CAG made a presentation on the importance of energy conservation, energy efficiency and Renewable energy. In addition, TANGEDCO officials delivered their thoughts and suggested consumers follow behavioural changes to conserve electricity. ECC Coordinators concluded the sessions with a vote of thanks.

Image 3: Mr. S.D. Denish Venu clarifying doubts regarding security deposits

Image 4: Mr. Balaji M.K. making a presentation on energy conservation at the household level

The important points that were discussed during the meetings include:

  1. Details about additional security deposits;

  2. The procedure for the name transfer;

  3. A detailed presentation on energy efficiency and energy conservation practices at the household level;

  4. Behavioural practices that can help conserve energy such as usage of air conditioner at 24 °C to 26 °C, leaving space around the refrigerator, switching off appliances when not in use, etc; 

  5. Conservation practices for various electrical appliances such as lighting, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc., were also discussed;

  6. The advisors clarified questions raised by participants on meter-related problems, billing-related problems, agriculture pump sets, etc;

  7. At Trichy, Mr. Loganathan from Trichy Electronics gave a demo on the usage of solar power in households. He spoke about the advantages of solar applications and showcased various appliances like solar lights and emergency lamps that run on solar power. He also explained the benefits of setting up rooftop solar in household premises.


Image 5: Mr. Anandhan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvannamalai, clarifying consumers queries

Image 6: Mr. Loganathan from Trichy Electronics demonstrating the appliances run on solar power

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Capacity building programmes on Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation, and Renewable Energy - November 2019

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 13:05

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) conducted capacity building meetings on energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy in the month of November  2019 at 

1. Panchayat meeting hall, Thorapadi, Panruti, Cuddalore on 21 November 2019 

Speakers:

  • Selvaraj, Chairman, Federation of Consumer Organisations Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (FEDCOT)
  • Balaji, Researcher, CAG
  • Arul Selvan, Assistant Engineer, Pudhupettai,
  • Thirugnanam from Phocos India Solar Pvt. Ltd.
  • Radhakrishnan, Advisor, ECC - Cuddalore
  • Ambigapathy, Coordinator, ECC - Cuddalore

 

2. Shakthi Mahal, Sholinghur, Arakkonam on 22 November .2019

Speakers:

  • Kumari.T, Managing trustee, National Level Educational and Training Trust
  • Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG,
  • Dhivya, ECC Engineer, CAG,
  • Shankar, Assistant Executive Engineer, TANGEDCO
  • Ganesh, Luminous Solar
  • Balaraman, Advisor, ECC - Vellore

Image 1: Participants at the Vellore capacity building meeting

Topics covered in all districts:

The objective of the meeting was to create awareness and educate consumers to conserve energy through behavioural changes and the use of energy-efficient appliances. Consumers from the domestic, commercial, and agricultural sector participated in the meetings.

Image 2: Mr. Selvaraj, Chairman, FEDCOT, explaining the functions of ECC

In all meetings, the heads of the organisations welcomed the participants and explained about ECCs’ functions. Respective Advisors spoke to participants on various consumer-related queries and ECC’s relationship with Tamilnadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd. (TANGEDCO) officials in resolving consumer problems and ECCs liaison with the TANGEDCO officials to address grievances. Researchers and ECC Engineers from CAG made a presentation on the importance of energy conservation, energy efficiency and Renewable energy. In addition, TANGEDCO officials delivered their thoughts and suggested consumers follow behavioural changes to conserve electricity. ECC Coordinators concluded the sessions with a vote of thanks.
 

Image 3: Mr. P. Sankar, AEE, TANGEDCO, speaking to consumers on agricultural connections

Image 4: Mr. Balaji presenting about efficient use of electrical appliances at the household level

 

The important points that were discussed during the meetings include:

  1. The resource persons clarified queries raised by consumers on electricity billing, agricultural connections, placement of electricity meter, subsidy for pumps, LED bulbs, etc;

  2. CAG team members gave a detailed presentation on energy efficiency and energy conservation practices at the household level;

  3. The presentation focused on the efficient use of electrical appliances, eg., replacing old incandescent lamps with LED lamps, old inefficient fans with super-efficient fans, using a star rated appliances for air conditioning, refrigerator, washing machine, etc;

  4. The advisors clarified questions raised by participants on the procedure for name transfer, street light problems, tariff-related queries, etc;

  5. At Cuddalore, Mr. Thirugnanam from Phocos India Solar Pvt. Ltd., gave a demo on the usage of solar power in households. He demonstrated the functioning of the solar lighting system and explained the cost involved in installing a rooftop solar system. He also gave an overview of agricultural pumps working on solar energy.

Image 5: Mr. Thirugnanam from Phocos India Solar Pvt. Ltd., demonstrating the working of lights with solar power

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ECC Outreach Meeting Report July 2019

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 12:50

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) have conducted nine outreach meetings in the month of July in Oragadam (Tiruvallur), Keelamungiladi (Cuddalore), Joseph Matriculation School, Palayamkottai (Tirunelveli), Veeralakshmi School (Salem), Thenmathur & Narthampoodi (Tiruvannamalai), Mutharasanallur & Manamedu (Tiruchirappalli), Arakkonam (Vellore).

The participants included residential consumers, small shopkeepers, farmers and few schools and college students. Mr. Ashokan, Advisor, ECC Tiruvallur explained the objectives of conducting the outreach programme. 

Mr. Anandan, Advisor, ECC Tiruvannamalai, informed the participants about functions of ECCs and its office bearers. He discussed a poster designed by CAG on the sanctioning powers for the TANGEDCO officials. i.e., if there is an enhancement of capacity in the transformer it will be sanctioned by the chairman of TANGEDCO. The participants expressed an interest in knowing more details about the poster.  

Mr.Sivakumar, Joint Engineer, TANGEDCO had a discussion with the participants about their concerns, for example, frequent power fluctuation during the night time,  calculation of the bill amount mentioned in the white meter card. 

Mr.Raman, Optimumam Energy SOLAR System, explained basic information such as how sun rays are converted to solar energy with the help of solar panel. He explained the process for installing the rooftop solar, with the help of a solar demo-kit,. During the outreach meetings, 15 consumers expressed interest in installing rooftop solar in their house. The participants clarified their questions on the warranty, guarantee, subsidy, and maintenance of the rooftop solar. The outreach meetings create an opportunity for solar developers to create awareness on solar energy among consumers.

At the end of the session, few participants registered their complaints on 1) Mr.A, from Trichy, registered a complaint on non-availability of the street light post in Manamedu Village, Trichy, for which Mr.Velusami, Advisor, ECC-Trichy, informed the consumer to submit a letter to the local body; 2) Mr.B, domestic consumer registered a complaint about delay in taking meter reading by the assessor in B.Mutlur village, Cuddalore. Mr. Radhakrishan, Advisor, ECC Cuddalore advised the consumer to submit a written complaint to the section office about the complaint with the photocopy of the white meter card; 3) Mr.C, from Arakkanom, said they had received a pamphlet from the Assessor “to pay the additional security deposit”. Mr. Jayapal, Advisor, ECC-Vellore, gave an example of the calculation of security deposits.  

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ECC Outreach Meeting Report August 2019

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 10:57

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) have conducted outreach meetings in the month of August in Tiruninravur (Tiruvallur), Govt. Arts College, Viruthachalam (Cuddalore), Perumalpuram (Tirunelveli), Sakthi Nagar Annex (Salem), Inam Kariyanthal and  Devanampattu (Tiruvannamalai), Milagu Parai & Ariyampatti (Tiruchirappalli), Thakkolam and Sayanapuram (Vellore).

Mr.Shanmugam, Advisor, ECC-Tirunelveli explained the purpose of conducting outreach meetings in different areas of the district. Residential consumers, residential welfare associations, small scale handloom industry workers, college students attended the meeting.

 Mr. Velusami, Advisor, ECC-Trichy, explained the types of complaints registered in ECCs and described the process of solving the complaints by the ECCs. He explained the roles and responsibilities of TANGEDCO officials and their hierarchy, with the help of the poster designed by CAG. For example, if a consumer applies to get a new agriculture connection, he should submit the application to the Executive Engineer who is responsible for approving the application. On a regular basis, consumers often contact the lineman, meet the assessor while taking the meter reading, and meet the Assistant Engineer for submitting the application. 

Mr.Damodaran, Assistant Engineer, TANGEDCO interacted with the participants on the area-level problems and provided solutions to participants’ complaints. People will complain about their queries on frequent power fluctuation, power shut down, meter problem. 

Mr. Praveen, NIRT Renewable Energy Private Ltd., explained the various sources of power generation available in Tamil Nadu. He gave a comparison between non-renewable sources vs renewable sources with simple examples. He explained the benefit of installing a rooftop solar for domestic and commercial consumers, especially those who are paying bi-monthly bills above 1000 units. 

At the end of the session, few participants registered complaints on  the following: 

1) Mr.X from Tiruninravur registered a complaint about a damaged pole next to his house. Mr. Ashokan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvallur inspected the pole after the outreach meeting and explained the process to the consumer. The consumer should write a complaint to the local body, after receiving the complaint the local body will direct the complaint to  TANGEDCO for replacement of the damaged pole.2) Mr.Shanmugam, Advisor, ECC-Tirunelveli advised Mr.Y the steps of name transfer for his connection, he informed the consumer to submit the valid documents - white meter card, legal heir certificate, aadhar card along with the application to the Assistant Engineer, Perumalpuram.3) Mr.Z, from Devenampattu, registered a billing-related complaint with Mr. Anandan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvannamalai. He advised the consumer to file a complaint with the Assistant Engineer, Northampoondy requesting for the reason for overcharging. 

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ECC Outreach Meeting Report September 2019

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 10:54

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) have conducted outreach meetings in the month of September at Vepampet and Sekkadu (Tiruvallur), Panchayat Office, Bhuvanagiri (Cuddalore), Kavitha Nagar, V.M.Chatram (Tirunelveli), Maniyanoor and Yercaud (Salem), Vaniyanthangal and Madalambadi (Tiruvannamalai), Kamanayakkanpalayam and Kurichi (Tiruchirappalli), Aathur (Vellore).

Mr. Jeyaraman, Advisor, ECC-Salem, explained the aim of conducting the outreach programme to the participants, which included municipality workers, few small shopkeepers, farmers, and domestic consumers.

Mr. Shanmugam, Advisor, ECC-Tirunelveli, described the functions of ECC and ECC’s collaboration with TANGEDCO  in solving complaints and their extended support in addressing the high value complaints by the Executive Engineers. He also mentioned that the majority of the complaints are solved over a telephonic conversation. 

R. Natarajan, Junior Engineer, Rural East, Tiruvannamalai, started his speech by saying that ECCs are bridging the gap between consumers and TANGEDCO in an effective manner. At the end of the session, the participants clarified their doubts;  few complaints were solved in the outreach meeting itself. On being asked why TANGEDCO had installed electronic meters in rural areas, he replied that this was to calculate the electricity consumption precisely. 

Mr. S. Loganathan, Trichy's Electronics, demonstrated the benefits of using solar energy and the process of installing the rooftop solar. During the session, few participants asked questions about the quality of the panels, manufacturers, warranty, and related questions.

At the end of the session, few participants registered their complaints on the following: 

1) Mr.X, small shop-keeper from Trichy registered a complaint that the transformer near his shop often sparks during the night. Mr.Velusami, Advisor, ECC-Trichy advised the complainant to draft a written letter to the Assistant Engineer.  2) Mr.Y, a domestic consumer from Cuddalore had registered a complaint about the delay in getting a new connection. Mr. Radhakrishnan, Advisor, ECC-Cuddalore, advised the consumer to submit a copy of documents, letter and application form to TANGEDCO and send a photocopy of the complaint to ECC Cuddalore.  

3)  Ms.Z, from Tiruvallur, complained about the damaged pole which is near to her house. Mr. Ashokan, Advisor, ECC Tiruvallur inspected the damaged pole and instructed the complainant to register it through the TANGEDCO’ Whatsapp number.

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An analysis of Unilever’s plastic reduction commitments - game changer or myth?

Mon, 13/01/2020 - 19:09

Under fire from the media and citizens on business contribution towards the plastic pollution crisis, companies are increasingly pushing out plastic reduction goals, targets and schemes in an effort to clean up their image. This blog examines the impact of Unilever’s plastic reduction commitment.