Current News - Volume II, Issue 12: December 2017

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 16:04


  • 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.


Capacity Building Programme on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Wed, 27/12/2017 - 08:32

Electricity Consumer Cell (ECC), Thiruvallur organized a capacity building programme titled “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” on October 14, 2017, at New Abirami Hall, Ambattur, Chennai. The programme was attended by students from Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Ambattur and various consumer groups and Civil Society Organizations.

Mr. Selvaraj, Chairman of Federation of Consumer Organizations Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry, welcomed the participants and gave an introductory speech on the purpose of the capacity building programme.

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

The Chief Guest, Mr. Vetrivel, Assistant Executive Engineer, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO), Ambattur, gave the keynote speech. He gave a brief description on various renewable energy options apart from the conventional energy resources and also about the benefits of renewable energy resources. He shared the advantages of using energy- efficient appliances and importance of energy conservation, including examples of simple electricity saving practices such as turning off lights when not in use, replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulb, etc.

Mr. Ramakrishnan, Junior Engineer, TANGEDCO, Ambattur, addressed the participants on energy conservation measures and also highlighted about electricity pilferage by way of damaging and/or creating disturbances to the installed transmission lines. He clarified doubts and questions raised by the participants regarding energy conservation and other electrical issues such as power blackouts in Ambattur area.

Mr. Rajendran, Electrical Contractor, gave a practical demonstration on the working of solar panel, inverter, and battery backup. He discussed about the steps involved in household solar rooftop installation, system size, cost and the area required. In light of the hands-on approach, the ITI students found this session to be useful.

Mr. V. Asokan, Electricity Advisor, gave concluding remarks and requested the participants to get to know the area Assistant Engineer of TANGEDCO and contact him in case of any electricity issues. He further requested the participants to make use of the services of ECC and services of TANGEDCO, such as grievances day meeting, voluntary consumer organization’s meeting etc. 


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Current News - Volume II, Issue 11: November 2017

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 16:02


  • Energy Efficient Lighting (PART-2)​
  • Solar Companies Protest Tamil Nadu's Move to Not Pay for Excess Power
  • India Needs to Build Solar-Electricity Storage System
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Case (CGRF)
  • ECC Voice - Precautions for Electricity Safety (Tamil)

Plus Publications/Cases:
Turning to Renewables: Climate-Safe Energy Solutions, November 2017.


ECC Outreach Meeting - Cuddalore

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 08:44

ECC Cuddalore organized an outreach meeting on July 16, 2017 in association with Southern Consumer Organisation for Protection & Empowerment (SCOPE) at Kollidam (Nagapattinam). ECC hand bills were distributed to the public in villages of Aachalpuram, Santhapadugai, Muthalameduthittu, Kadaikkanvinayaganallur, Thaikkal, Puthur, and Arasur as a part of the meeting.

ECC, Cuddalore, distributed ECC handbills to the public in villages of Aachalpuram, Santhapadugai, Muthalameduthittu, Kadaikkanvinayaganallur, Thaikkal, Puthur, and Arasur. Mr. M. Selvaraj, Trustee, (SCOPE) in-charge of Electricity Consumer Cell, Tiruvallur, spoke about Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency. Mr.K.Narayanan, Managing Trustee, (SCOPE) and ECC Cuddalore Coordinator, gave a brief overview of the complaints registered in ECC. He stated that 200 people benefited from this outreach meeting at Kollidam (Nagapattinam).

Distribution of hand bills, Kollidam

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ECC Outreach Meeting - Tirunelveli

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 08:43

ECC Tirunelveli conducted outreach meetings at Sindupooithurai (August 30, 2017) and Palayamkottai (September 27, 2017) of Tirunelveli District in association with Tirunelveli District Consumer Rights Protection Sangam. 

The objective of the meeting was to educate and create awareness among consumers on ECC 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.

Mr. Shanmugam clarified questions raised by consumers on electricity complaints such as 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.

Explaining about Electricity Consumer Cell, Sindupooithurai

Distribution of handbills, Palayamkottai

Distribution of handbills, Palayamkottai

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ECC Outreach Meetings - Tiruvallur

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 08:41

ECC - Tiruvallur conducted intensive outreach meetings with the help of Madras Metropolitan Consumer Rights and Protection Centre (MMCRPC) in the following places – Arani (July 02, 2017), Periyapalayam (August 12, 2017), Kedar (September 05, 2017) and Puthur (September 22, 2017) of Tiruvallur District to promote ECC among the public. It was organized by Mr. M.Selvaraj (General Secretary MMCRPC), Mr.V.Asokan (ECC Advisor), and Mr. S.Premkumar (ECC Co-coordinator). ECC handbills were distributed to the public and students 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.V.Ashokan 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 that consume less energy. In addition, 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, which may be solved by drafting a letter to the concerned officials.

Mr.M.Selvaraj, explains the functioning of ECC and handling complaints in Arani

Handbills issued to public, Kedar

Demonstration on energy consumption, Periyapalayam

Consumer complaint being registered during Outreach Meeting, Kedar

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