Event Reports

ECC Outreach Meeting Report - October 2019

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 10:49

Electricity Consumer cells (ECCs) have conducted outreach meetings in the month of October at Thervoy (Tiruvallur), Ayakudi (Cuddalore), Christu Raja Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai (Tirunelveli), Malapambady & Kothanthavady (Tiruvannamalai), Tharamangalam(Tiruchirappalli), Ambarishapuram(Vellore).

 

 

Mr. Vellusami, Advisor, ECC-Trichy, explained the aim of conducting the outreach programme to the participants - farmers, domestic, commercial consumers, and school students.

Mr. Ashokan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvallur, described the objectives and functions of ECC. He also mentioned the process of registering the complaints and redressal mechanisms. He mentioned the majority of the complaints registered with the ECCs are solved in a week’s time.

 

Mr.Bharath Ram, Researcher, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group, described in detail a few posters on efficient lighting in the houses and advantages of natural ventilation and cooling while constructing a house.


 

Mr. Anto Jayaraj.I, Solar Developer, 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.A, from Tiruvannamalai, registered a complaint regarding the shifting of meter for his house.Mr.Anandan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvannamalai advised the complainant to register the complaint with the Assistant Engineer and pay the required fees for shifting the meter.  

2) Mr.B, an agricultural consumer from Vellore had registered a complaint on the low sagging wire in her agricultural field. She said that the wires are sagging on the ground level which causes short-circuit and damages. Mr.Jayapal, Advisor, ECC - Vellore, advised her to file a complaint with the local EB office. 

3) Mr.C, a commercial consumer, from Vellore, registered a complaint about frequent power fluctuations during the night time. Mr.Jayapal, Advisor, ECC - Vellore advised Mr. C to file a written complaint with the Assistant Engineer about the same. He requested the complainant to send the photocopy of the complaint, to follow up with the Assistant Engineer. 

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ECC Outreach Meeting Report - November 2019

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 10:47

Electricity Consumer cells (ECCs) have conducted outreach meetings in the month of November at Ponneri and St.Paul’s Matriculation School, Avadi (Tiruvallur), Neyveli (Cuddalore), Reddyarpettai (Tirunelveli), Periyapudhur (Salem), Pettaivaithalai (Tiruchirappalli), Perumoochi and Keelapakkam (Vellore).

Mr. Vellusami, Advisor, ECC-Tiruchirappalli explained the aim of conducting the outreach programme to the participants, which included, farmers, and domestic, commercial consumers and school students.

Mr. Balaraman, Advisor, ECC-Vellore, described the objectives and functions of ECC. He also mentioned the process of registering the complaints and the redressal mechanism. He mentioned that the majority of the complaints registered with the ECCs are solved in a week’s time.

Ms. Dhivya Purshoth, ECC Engineer, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group(CAG), made a presentation on energy efficiency and energy conservation topics by giving simple examples to the participants. With the help of the poster designed by CAG, she gave a few tips on reducing the electricity bill. She gave a demonstration on solar rooftop with the help of the demo kit, which comprises a solar panel, battery, bulbs etc. 

Mr. D. Kumar, from a solar developer firm, described the process of installing the rooftop solar and its benefits. During the session, few participants asked questions about the quality of the panels, manufacturers, warranty, and other related questions.

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

1) Mr.X, from Tiruvallur, registered a complaint on delay in taking meter reading by the assessors. Mr.Ashokan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvallur advised the complainant to meet the local section office and register the complaint. He said the Assistant Engineer will look into the complaint and address it. 

2) Mr.Y, an agricultural consumer from Tiruchirappalli registered a complaint on delay in effecting the service connection after paying the required fees and submitting the application. Mr. Velusami, Advisor, ECC - Tiruchirappalli, requested the complainant to check the status of the application with the Junior Engineer and said that the ECC will also follow-up until the complaint is resolved. 

3) A residential welfare association from Salem, registered a complaint on nonfunctioning of street lights in two lanes. Mr.Jayaraman, Advisor, ECC - Salem, enquired and advised them to file a written complaint with the local body and local EB office. Also informed them to register these types of complaints with TANGEDCO’s WhatsApp number.

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ECC Outreach Meeting Report - December 2019

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 10:45

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) have conducted nine outreach meetings in the month of December  in Karikalavakkan (Tiruvallur), Thiruvetkulam & Killai (Cuddalore), Vedic Vidyasaram Campus, Thatchanallur & Veerlaperunselvi (Tirunelveli), Thalavaipatti (Salem), Somasibady & Narthampoodi (Tiruvannamalai), Kannur (Tiruchirappalli), Mosur & Mudur (Vellore).

Mr.Balaramaan, Advisor, ECC-Vellore 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. Jayaraman, Advisor, ECC- Salem, 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 temperory connection, he should submit the application to the Assitant Engineer who is responsible for approving the application. 

Mr.Krishnamoorthy, Junior Engineer, TANGEDCO interacted with the participants on the area-level problems and provided solutions to participants’ complaints. Consumers put forth queries about frequent power fluctuation, power shutdown, and meter-related problems. 

At the end of the session, few participants registered complaints as follows: 

1) Mr. Ashokan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvallur Advised Mr.X to write a complaint to the Assistant Engineer. Assistant Engineer will rectify it. 

2) Ms.Y, Vellore registered a complaint on the damaged pole. Mr. Balaraman, Advisor, ECC - Vellore, advised Ms. Y to file a complaint with the local body.   

3) Mr. Z, from Thalavaipatti, registered a complaint on low-sagging wires. The complaint was registered with Mr. Jayaraman, Advisor, ECC-Salem, who inspected the field area and advised the consumer to file a complaint with the Assistant Engineer and also to register the same in the WhatsApp complaint number.

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Hackathon and Prototype Building Competition 2019

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 10:42

CAG, in collaboration with Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS), conducted a hackathon and prototype building competition from 13-14 of December 2019. The competition was designed to encourage students in building prototypes and relevant IT applications for use in everyday lives of electricity consumers. Themes for competition included (i) Electricity Governance, (ii) Renewable Energy, (iii) Energy Conservation and (iv) Energy Efficiency. 

The technical solutions developed by the  students were expected to answer an overarching problem statement: What kind of products and applications will be useful for citizens to make their everyday lives more energy efficient and promote uptake of renewable energy?

Objectives of the hackathon and prototype building competition:

  • To harness the creativity & expertise of students;

  • To promote innovation among interdisciplinary groups of students;

  • To promote practical and scalable prototypes and applications for use by citizens; and

  • To encourage the use of renewable source-based power generation and energy efficiency.

​1. Prototype building competition

​A. Format of the competition - In October, the organising committee sent out a general call for proposals seeking submissions from various colleges across Tamil Nadu. Among an overwhelming number of submissions received, 6 proposals were shortlisted for the final round of evaluation and funding to build the prototype (up to INR 20,000) was extended to all the shortlisted teams. In the final round of evaluation held on 14 December 2019, three prototypes were ranked as winners and cash prizes were awarded to each member of the 3 teams. 

 

B. Shortlisted proposals - The six shortlisted prototype proposals include an AI based home automation system, solar powered water purifier, solar powered pesticide spraying vehicle, a project to convert sound to electricity, dual axis solar tracker and an Internet of Things based home automation system.

C. Evaluation Criteria - The winners were finalised based on the following criteria: 

  1. Innovation & Impact potential – the extent to which the proposed prototype contributes to knowledge creation.

  2. Eco-friendliness – due diligence is exercised in ensuring that the materials used for the prototype are reusable/recyclable and a systematic waste management plan is in place.

  3. Citizen focus – the ability of the prototype to solve problems at a citizen level.

  4. Practicality – the prototype is user-friendly and there is ease in adapting it to everyday life.

  5. Affordability – cost savings that the prototype assures as against alternatives, if any.

  6. Scalability – the prototype has potential cost advantages at an increased level of production.

  7. Sustainability – the prototype advances environmental and socio-economic benefits in its life cycle.

​D. The winning prototypes: 

  1. The first place was awarded to the solar powered pesticide spraying vehicle developed by a two member team from University College of Engineering, Ariyalur.

  2. The Dual Axis Solar Tracker, built to optimise the efficiency of the solar panels, was ranked second. This prototype was built by a three-member team from KPR Institute of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore.

  3. The third place was awarded to the home automation system which promotes energy conservation through monitoring and control of household appliances. The home automation system was developed by a four member team from St. Joseph's Institute of Technology, Chennai using Application Programming Interface (API) Package.

​II Hackathon competition

A. Format of the competition: Students were given a time period of 24 hours from 13 December2019 to 14 December2019, to create functional software applications or products for citizens. These applications or products were required to promote one of the themes highlighted for the competition. About 18 teams from different colleges across Tamil Nadu, participated in the competition. Among the 18 teams, five teams worked on solutions based on renewable energy; six teams focused on energy conservation; three teams focused on electricity governance; and, four teams worked on energy efficiency projects. 

 

 

The teams started working on developing their solutions as the 24-hour timer was set at 09:40 am on 13 December2019. In the 24-hour duration, each team was monitored by jury members from Auroville Consulting, Accenture, CAG, HITS and other venture capitalists and incubators. Around 12:30 pm, the first set of jury members reviewed the idea, vision and plan of action of each of the participating teams. To evaluate the approach of work and progress in the same a second set of jury members visited the teams around 05:30 p,. During the course of monitoring and evaluation jury members engaged with the teams and advised them on several aspects of their projects/solutions. The jury composition ensured that the teams had support from experts in a range of subjects including engineering, economics, management, finance and communication. In the final round of review, experts who visited the teams around 11:30 p, gave the students several inputs on fine-tuning and presenting their solutions.

As the timer struck 0.00 hrs, each team was given an opportunity to present the final version of their application/product. Based on their presentation and the presented solution, eight teams were ranked as winners and runners under 4 categories such as (i) Best problem addressed, (ii) Best innovation, (iii) Award for business potential, and (iv) Encouragement award. Cash prizes were awarded to winning teams under each category.

B. Evaluation Criteria - The winners were finalised based on the following criteria

  1. Implementation - The solution developed presents possible avenues to be introduced in the market. 
  2. Social impact - The solution developed adds value to the community and benefits citizens.       
  3. Business impact - The application/product has potential to be transformed into a lucrative business model with sizeable cost advantages;
  4. Innovation - The application/product contributes to knowledge creation;

C. The winning solutions at the hackathon:

  1. A four-member team from KCG College of Technology, Chennai developed the solution that won the ‘best problem addressed’ award. The solution built was an application named ‘Energy Planner’ that promotes energy saving in households. The app uses a Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor to turn off appliances when it does not deduct people's presence. 

  2. Best innovation award was given to ‘safety glove for women’ which induces electric shock at the press of a button. The glove was developed by a student from Chennai Institute of Technology, Chennai.

  3. An application that was built to provide real time calculation of commercial tariff was presented with the award for business potential. This app was built by a four-member team from Velammal Institute of Technology, Chennai.

  4. Encouragement award was given to a solar tracker which was built using servo motor. The product, which ensures increased efficiency of solar panels, was built by a three- member team from KCG College of Technology, Chennai.

The prototype building competition encouraged students to nurture an idea from the conceptualisation phase to the pre-final phase of designing a sample/model which could be tested over a period of two months. On the other hand, the hackathon competition provided a 24-hour time period for students to develop feasible and practical solutions that can be transformed into business models. 

The various proposals, ideas, prototypes and solutions presented in the hackathon and prototype building competition reflect the immense interest that budding engineers foster in developing energy solutions. The innovative and ambitious nature of the proposals suggest a strong need for guidance, mentorship and support in transforming conceptual frameworks and ideas into reality.

Footnotes:

1. Organising committee was made up of members from Team CAG and HITS. The committee was headed by Mr. K.Vishnu Mohan Rao, CAG and Dr. Parvathy, Head of the Department - Electrical and Electronics Engineering, HITS

2.  Permitted size of the teams  - 1 to 4 students

3. Permitted size of the teams: 1 - 4 students per team

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Training Programme at Auroville Consulting

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 09:10

Researchers and ECC Engineers from Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) attended a three-day training programme at Auroville Consulting (AVC) from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. The programme focused on several topics ranging from TN Solar Policy 2019 and rooftop solar installation to e-mobility and smart grid systems. The sessions of the programme were designed and structured in such a way that each of them were supplemented with site visits and expert interactions.

Highlights of the training programme: 

  1. The sessions enabled a hands-on learning experience with site visits to Auroville’s rooftop solar installation, wastewater treatment plant and e-cycles initiative.

  2. The programme provided ample scope to explore the various energy efficient and sustainable practices followed at Auroville.

  3. The sessions were complimented with interactions, discussions and board games that enhanced the learning experience.

  4. The sessions were delivered by experts who presented the topics based on their respective  experience and aurovillian experiments.

Mr.  Toine van Megen delivered the first session of the programme. He presented a detailed analysis of the Tamil Nadu Solar Policy 2019. Following which Mr. Shiv Vembadi presented on the implementation of KUSUM in Tamil Nadu. He explained that an integrated approach ie., combing energy-efficient pumps and advanced irrigation methods will conserve energy as well as water.  

The afternoon session on rooftop solar installation was conducted by Mr. Debabrata Sahoo. He emphasised on the need for solar energy and shared Auroville experiences on stand-alone and grid-connected rooftop solar. He concluded the session with a site visit to the foundation office at Auroville, where 15 kW of rooftop panels have been installed. At the foundation office, he explained each system component of the rooftop solar and emphasised on the importance of site survey.

Image 1: Solar panels installed on the foundation office rooftop

Image 2: Battery store at foundation office

 

On Day 2 of the training programme, the first session on decentralised wastewater treatment was delivered by Mr. Tency Beatens. He shared his experiences in building wastewater treatment systems and explained the working of the Vortex system at Auroville Centre for Scientific Research (CSR).  These systems are built below the ground level and treat wastewater in a closed environment. Further to eliminate the odour from the wastewater, the vortex system uses a swirling motion and continuous supply of oxygen.

Image 3: Vortex system at the Centre for Scientific Research

 

The day ended with a visit to Kinisi, Auroville. Kinisi is a unit of Auroville under the Center for Scientific Research Trust which brings electric mobility to all Auroville residents, volunteers and guests. Mr. Debabrata drew attention to the energy wastage resulting from use of different kinds of vehicles and highlighted that Kinisi was started to provide efficient solutions to reduce such energy wastage. Reflecting on the work and journey of Kinisi, the need to switch to electric mobility and its relevance in metro cities were discussed at length.

Image 4: E-cycles at Kinisi

Image 5: Photos displayed at Kinisi

 

On Day 3 of the training programme began with a visit to the Power Grid Corporation, Pondicherry. Mr. Raghunath, Control Centre Engineer presented a brief on the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) which facilitates monitoring and measurement of consumer information through Smart Meters installed at customer premises. He highlighted that a pilot project was implemented in 2016 where smart meters were installed for 34,000 consumers which include single-phase, three-phase and HT meters. He demonstrated the working of smart meters, manufactured by Dongfang Electronics Co., Ltd, China and explained about the data acquisition and management systems in place. He concluded the session with the challenges faced by them while implementing the project.

Image 6: Discussion with Control Centre Engineer, Raghunath

 

The subsequent session was focused on the smart street lights installed at Auroville. Mr. Jaswanth, AVC explained about the working of the Smart Street Lights which have been designed to create an overarching digital control system that is based on the concept of Internet of Things, and cloud computing to deliver efficiency to existing street light grids. He highlighted that the street lights have been installed with lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and dimmers. He added that after 11 PM, the lights automatically function at 40% of its brightness. He concluded with a demonstration of how the lights can be controlled and monitored on the web.

Image 7: Mr. Jaswanth explaining the working of smart street lights

 

The final session of the programme was on Green buildings. Mr. Victor Catrib introduced the green building concept and shared information around the steps to be followed while planning to construct a passive or green building. He explained the concept of the urban heat island effect and elaborated on various Heating Ventilation and Air cooling (HVAC) systems. He further threw light on energy efficient measures that can make a net-zero energy building. He concluded the session with a deep dive into several case studies on green buildings, from around the world. 

Image 8: Mr. Victor Catrib presenting on Green Buildings

 

The three-day training programme came to a close with a board game designed and developed by AVC. The multi-stakeholder board game enabled the players to approach electricity consumption with long-term strategies to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Overall, the three-day training programme was an interesting learning experience. The sessions were focused on the theoretical, technical, practical and policy aspects of solar energy, passive buildings, electric mobility, and smart grid systems. Each of these sessions were further supplemented with site visits and interactions with proficient personnel working in the respective space. The most interesting aspect of the sessions was that they were based on Aurovillian experiments and experience around the highlighted themes. To have instructors who have walked the talk and speak out of experience was both insightful and inspiring. Above all, it was most beneficial since the environment promoted hands-on learning and encouraged inquisitiveness.

Footnotes:

1. Tamil Nadu announced its new Solar Policy in February 2019 which sets an ambitious target of achieving an installed solar generation capacity of 9,000 MW by 2023.

2.  Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan (KUSUM scheme): Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid connected solar and other renewable power plants in the country.

3.  A net-zero energy building is a building with zero net energy consumption, i.e. total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site

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State-level Electricity Consumer Cell (ECC) meeting, Chennai

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 09:07

Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) organised a State-level Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) meeting on November 07, 2019, at The Raj Park, Chennai. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the progress of the ECCs and to understand the various challenges faced by the ECCs functioning in Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai, Salem, Tiruchirappalli, and Vellore districts.

Mr. Vishnu Mohan Rao, Senior Researcher, CAG, welcomed all the participants. He explained the importance of conducting the meeting which is to summarise the progress of ECCs from January 2019 to October 2019. 

Image 1: Mr. Vishnu Mohan Rao, explaining agenda of the meeting

Mr. G.N.Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG, gave a presentation on the progress of all ECCs between January 2019 to October 2019. All the seven ECCs received a total number of 741 complaints during the above mentioned period, which included domestic, commercial and small scale industries, and agricultural consumers. He listed out the outreach meetings and capacity building programmes conducted by ECCs. As of October 2019, there are 2,688 consumers who are the beneficiaries through these programmes.

 

Image 2: Mr. G. N. Bharath Ram, speaking about the progress of ECCs

Mr. Balaji M K., Researcher, CAG, presented a multi-aspect detailed analysis about consumer advisories viz. 1) Status of complaints - resolved, pending and closed; 2) Nature of complaints - billing related, meter related, service related, power quality related, infrastructures related, and miscellaneous complaints; 3) Gender-wise - complaints registered by male, female and transgender complainants; 4) Based on consumer categories - domestic, commercial, small scale industries, agricultural. He also explained about other activities such as puppet shows for creating awareness, training programme for college students.  

 

Image 3: Mr. Balaji M K., explaining the progress of ECCs

Mr. Selvaraj, Chairman, Federation of Consumer Organisations Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (FEDCOT) shared experiences of ECC Tiruvallur in resolving consumer complaints. He mentioned that TANGEDCO officials are encouraging the work of ECC and also maintaining  a healthy relationship. He also explained about the positive responses received from the electricity consumers.  

Mr. Radhakrishnan, ECC Advisor, Cuddalore explained about the difficulties faced in organising outreach and capacity building programmes in rural parts of Cuddalore district. He also explained about the complaints that involved other local bodies  e.g. street light issues.

Mr. Shanmugam, ECC Advisor, Tirunelveli, shared his experience in resolving infrastructure related complaints e.g. distribution line crossing near school buildings, dislocation of high voltage junction box which is highly dangerous. He also mentioned the outreach of ECC in the wide spread Tirunelveli district.

Mr. Ramaperumal, Director, Sadayanodai Ilaignar Narpani Mandram (SINAM), gave a presentation on work done by ECC Tiruvannamalai in solving consumer issues. He also shared experiences in resolving agricultural consumer issues and creating awareness about solar agricultural pumpsets.

Mr. J. M. Bhoopathi, Founder, Consumer Voice Foundation, Salem, spoke about the consumer rights in contacting the TANGEDCO section office to resolve complaints. He emphasised the importance of consumer participation for the betterment of the electricity sector and remarked that the capacity building programmes for the different categories of consumers play a significant role in improving the quality of consumer participation. 

Ms. Kumari T, Managing Trustee, National Level Educational and Training Trust (NEST) shared her experience in organising outreach meetings and capacity building programmes. She explained the cordial responses from the consumers side as well as the TANGEDCO side.

Ms. Vanaja, Director, People’s Action Service Society (PASS) shared her experience in approaching TANGEDCO officials for redressal of consumer complaints. She also explained about difficulties in engaging different categories of consumers. 

Mr. Jeya Kumar R, Researcher, CAG, gave a presentation on KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan) Scheme. He gave an overview on all the three components of the scheme such as 1) Component A - grid connected solar or any other renewable energy plants; 2) Component B - standalone solar agriculture pumps; 3) Component C - solarisation of grid-connected agriculture pumps. 

 

Image 4: Mr. Jeya Kumar R, presenting about KUSUM scheme

Mr. Nagesh Kumar J, Director, Centre for Energy, Environment and Productivity (CEEP) gave a talk on passive buildings. He explained the role of building materials and passive construction techniques in energy conservation. He also added the importance of renewable energy for a better future.

Mr. Vishnu Mohan Rao, Senior Researcher, CAG concluded the meeting with a vote of thanks.

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Puppet show on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 10:52

CAG, in association with ECCs, organised puppet shows on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on July 21, 2019 (Usambadi Village,Tiruvannamalai), July 22, 2019 (Shanmuga Para Medical College,Salem), July 23, 2019 (Palayurmedu,Trichy), September 16, 2019  (Attupakkam Village, Vellore District), September 17, 2019 (Sree Raghavendra Arts & Science College, Cuddalore), September 24, 2019 (St. Xavier College of Education,Tirunelveli), October 21, 2019 (Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Korattur), October 22, 2019 (Government High School,Tiruvannamalai district), October 24, 2019 (Bharathidasan Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur) & (Government High School, Korattur), November 11, 2019 (Madras University, Chennai).

The puppet show (in Tamil) was staged by Kalaiarapperavai Kalaivanan Kuzhu on the topics such as importance of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. 

The puppet show was aimed to educate electricity consumers on the various energy efficiency,  conservation, electrical safety, and renewable energy tips at the household level. The event showcased the need for consumers to buy Indian Standard Institute (ISI) certified electrical wires for the houses. In addition, the need to buy Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) star rated energy-efficient appliances such as television, refrigerator, washing machine, air conditioner (AC), etc. were highlighted. Further, various tips to conserve energy such as switching off the plug points to avoid consumption of power in standby mode, unplugging of the mobile charger from the socket when not in use were showcased through the puppet show. The puppet show also outlined the benefits of solar energy, the process of installing a rooftop solar, and the importance of installing a net meter. The participants included residential consumers, small shopkeepers, farmers, and students.

A few photographs from the puppet shows:

 

 

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Capacity building programmes on Electricity Governance - August 2019

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 13:11

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) conducted capacity building meetings on energy governance in the month of August 2019 at 

1. Shanmuga Mini AC Hall, Salem, on 4 August 2019

Speakers: 

  • Boopathi.J.M, Founder of consumer voice foundation,
  • Prabakaran.L, Coordinator, ECC - Salem,
  • Jayaraman, Advisor, ECC - Salem,
  • Jeyakumar, Researcher, CAG
  • Sivakumar, NIRT Renewable Energy,
  • Sribaskar, Coordinator, ECC - Salem 

2. Gomath Thirumana Mandapam, Mukkudal, Tirunelveli on 18 August 2019

Speakers:

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

3. Yelagiri Hall, Vellore on 21 August 2019

Speakers:

  • Kumari.T, Managing trustee, National Level Educational and Training Trust
  • Radhakrishnan, Rotary Club Head,
  • Bharath Ram, Researcher, CAG,
  • Dhivya, ECC Engineer, CAG,
  • Kumar, Junior Engineer, TANGEDCO, Technical Training and Development Center, Sholinghur
  • Ganesh, Luminous Solar
  • Jayapal, Advisor, ECC - Vellore

4. Suriya Thirumana Mandapam, Thandrampattu, Tiruvannamalai on 22 August 2019

Speakers:

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

5. Aurobindo School Meeting Hall, Neyveli, Cuddalore on 25 August 2019

Speakers:

  • Selvaraj, Chairman, Federation of Consumer Organisations Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (FEDCOT)
  • Muthukumarasamy,
  • Ganga, Self-help Group, Neyveli
  • Selvi, Self-help Group, Neyveli
  • Raj Kumar, Solar Developer, Chidambaram
  • Radhakrishnan, Advisor, ECC - Cuddalore

6. Sivapunniya Thirumana Mahal, Trichy, on 26 August 2019. 

Speakers:

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

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

Image 4: Mr. Jeyakumar discussing importance of star rated appliances

The important points that were discussed during the meetings include:

  1. Importance of earthing process and certain tips on handling the unearthed equipment; 

  2. Discussion on the theft of power and how to identify power theft; 

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 

  6. 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

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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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