14 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: Energy is indispensable but its conservation for future generations is equally important. New technological innovations even with improving efficiency have increased our quest for more energy for a modern lifestyle. Use of energy from fossil fuel has always led to climate emergency, therefore, it is our prime responsibility to reduce consumption of energy, Minister of State for Home Department, Dibya Shankar Mishra said today.
Addressing a conference held here on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day, Mishra said, "Odisha is always susceptible to cyclone and floods like disasters. Even then, we have always maintained our resilience to many cyclones in the past. This has been proved post-cyclone FANI where normalcy could be restored in record time."
"Rich heritage, culture, abundant natural resources and a stable Government are all the ingredients that have helped position Odisha in many of its endeavours, be it promoting industries or energy conservation," he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Energy Department Secretary, Bishnupada Sethi said that every citizen has a right to access energy but it is also important to consider the environmental impact.
"Greater integration of renewable energy and energy-efficient methods shall pave way in reducing the energy demand. Energy saved is energy generated. Therefore, conservation and energy efficiency measures have been given a central role in energy policy."
Sethi highlighted benefits of different energy-related schemes such as KUSUM, pumped storage for hydro projects, small hydro projects and floating solar power plants on our reservoirs.
Prof Ashutosh Debata, Director CES and Santosh Das, Engineer-in-Chief (Electricity) insisted that energy conservation is a must for a sustainable future and for this, the involvement of all spans of people including students is extremely vital. They insisted upon students and teachers of Eco-clubs in the State to put unstinted efforts in promoting energy conservation in all spheres of life. EIC(E) highlighted different energy efficiency projects undertaken in the ULBs, agricultural, building and industrial sectors.
On the occasion, several organisations were awarded for the contribution to energy efficiency. A mass rally and awareness Ratha was flagged off today morning to mark the event. More than 50,000 school children have participated in the quiz competitions organized at all blocks and district level. The State Level function witnessed a gathering of more than 600 participants.