Vijayawada: The World Bank has ranked Andhra Pradesh as the best state in the country in implementation of energy efficiency and conservation programmes.
With an overall score of 42.01, AP has emerged on top followed by Rajasthan with 41.89, Karnataka 39.34 and Maharashtra 39.29 in Energy Efficiency Readiness, a release from the State Energy Conservation Mission said.
Kerala, Gujarat, NCT Delhi, Punjab, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh are the other states in the top ten ranking in that order.
Andhra Pradesh achieved an energy saving of 1,500 million units in two years through use of LED lighting.
“The result-oriented approach of AP government in implementing energy efficiency programmes is worth emulating by other states,” World Bank Executive Director Subhash Chandra Garg has said.
State Principal Secretary (Energy and Infrastructure) Ajay Jain said that the state government has launched a new initiative ‘AP Energy Star’, making it mandatory to procure only five-star rated appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, ceiling fans and water pump sets in future.
The government also proposes to supply such appliances to consumers on instalment basis at lower prices.