Members of the A.P. chapter of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) and NGOs in the energy sector have said promotion of non-conventional energy sources and improving efficiency of existing power generation and distribution systems were the only way out of the power crunch in the State.
They wanted the government to look at energy in the larger context of depleting fossil fuels vis-à-vis the unlimited potential of solar and wind power, apart from bio-mass.
At a press conference here on Wednesday, K. Babu Rao, scientist and convener, Movement for People-Centred Development, Thimma Reddy, energy analyst, Peoples Monitoring Group on Energy Regulation, Sagar Dhara, environmental engineer, Cerena Foundation and Saraswati Kavula, NAPM’s joint convener said what was needed was a complete change in attitude of people across all sections of society.
“We have power generation capabilities but are forced to contend with coal shortage. Policies promoting uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources have led to natural energy cycles breaking up,” Mr. Babu Rao regretted.
Mr. Sagar Dhara said it was not just a problem specific to A.P. or India, but one for which people the world over needed to brace themselves up to tackle, in the future. “We have to get used to a 40 per cent cut in use of power in the next few decades,” he added.
The solution was not in purchasing additional power but in reducing the consumption and bringing down the transmission and distribution losses from the current 16 per cent, they said and hence the proposal for short and long-term measures to overcome the situation.
The proposed measures include higher tariffs on excessive use air-conditioners and effective implementation of the Energy Conservation Act and making it mandatory in town planning to audit all buildings for energy efficiency and impact, among others.