Pepco hints at early distribution of free energy savers
LAHORE: Taking unprecedented initiative to bridge supply and demand gap by implementing energy conservation policy during the ongoing energy crisis in the country, Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) carried out supply contract of 20 million Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) on cost insurance and place of destination (CIP) under the “National CFL Project- Prime Minister Energy Saver Programme” with M/s Philips Electrical Industries of Pakistan.
Pepco sources told APP here Sunday that a contract deed has also been signed between two companies. Under the contract, the first consignment of CFLs (Energy Savers) would be delivered to 36 warehouses all over the country within 12 weeks and free distribution of energy savers to consumers would start soon after the delivery. The total cost of this project (20 million CFLs) is Rs 2.8 billion and is being funded by ADB and AFD of France. Ministry of Water and Power would carry out overall project management and Pepco would act as project coordinator whereas Discos’ and KESC act as executers, they added.
Dilating upon the features of the contract, they said that the cost of per energy saver is Rs 140 including the cost of insurance, freight charges to final destination, cost of containers along with inland transportation and port handling charges. The life of CFL is 10,000 hours with 2 years warranty whereas the market price of Philip CFL is Rs 189 with life of 8,000 hours and one year warranty only. The difference of price would save a substantial amount of Rs 980 million.
It is pertinent to note that the project will help in reducing peak demand over 1000 MW, an amount $ 1.84 billion will be saved while avoiding overall generation of 1600 MW. The project will yield Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) thus revenue of about $ 32 million will be returned by 2018. It will also help in reducing consumers bill Rs300 per bulb per annum. The electricity saved can be sold to higher tariff consumers generating additional revenue of approximately $29 million per year for Discos’.
They said the contract of 2nd phase of free distribution of 10 million energy savers (CFLs) is likely to be signed in the same month for which notification of award has been issued, performance board has also been submitted by the M/s Beauty Shadow Company of Hong Kong.