Chief Secretary to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, AC Punetha, has recently reviewed the power sector and said that the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has urged the state to consider bringing residential buildings under energy conservation building code (ECBC).

Punetha also issued the directions to all government departments in Andhra Pradesh to implement energy efficiency measures on a priority basis for residential buildings. He said the government was promoting energy efficiency activities as part of the second phase of power sector reforms to provide cost effective and quality power.

The chief secretary was addressing the eighth executive committee and the fifth annual general body meeting of AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM). AP is the first state in the country to retrofit the LED street lights in the municipal sector. The state has already retrofitted 6.21 lakh street lights in 110 urban local bodies and saved about 133 million units. About 20% energy can be saved from commercial buildings following the ECBC norms.

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