Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) conducted capacity building meetings on energy governance in the month of August 2019 at
Image 1: Participants in the capacity building meeting in Vellore
Topics covered in all districts:
The objective of the meetings was to educate consumers on energy governance, rights of consumers in the electricity sector, and to create awareness about ECCs.
Image 2: Mr. Venkatachalam, President, TMNUPS, speaking to the participants about ECCs
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. Researchers and ECC Engineers from CAG made a presentation on the importance of consumer participation in the electricity sector. In addition, TANGEDCO officials delivered their thoughts and clarified queries raised by the participants. ECC Coordinators concluded the sessions with a vote of thanks.
Image 3: Mr. Kumar, Junior Engineer, TANGEDCO, Technical Training and Development Center, Sholingur explaining the importance of earthing process
Importance of earthing process and certain tips on handling the unearthed equipment;
Discussion on the theft of power and how to identify power theft;
A detailed presentation on energy efficiency and energy conservation practices at the household level;
The difference between the power consumption in star-rated and non-star-rated appliances and other important parameters such as year mentioned in the star label. CAG staff advised participants to buy appliances with the highest star ratings as they consume less power.
The advisors clarified questions raised by participants on tariff calculation for commercial and residential consumers, street light issues, name transfer, meter-related issues, agricultural connections, etc.
At Thiruvannamalai, Mr. Suthagar from Optimum Energy Solar system (OESS) gave a demo on the usage of solar power in households. He said that using a renewable source of energy reduces dependence on non-renewable sources such as coal-powered plants and also reduces environmental impacts. He mentioned that the use of solar power will significantly reduce electricity bills. He explained the difference between on-grid and off-grid solar rooftop systems. He clarified questions raised by consumers on installation costs, required rooftop area, and its payback period.
Image 5: Mr. Anandhan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvannamalai, clarifying consumer queries
Image 6: Mr. Suthagar demonstrating the working of solar