The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has introduced energy conservation awards to encourage energy efficiency in large and small-scale industry, Government and commercial buildings, educational institutions, agriculture sector, poultry farms and domestic sector.

State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) on Monday announced it has bagged a Rs 1,150 crore turnkey contract for setting up an energy-efficient 153-MW captive power plant at Bhatinda in Punjab. The Rs 1,150 -crore order has been placed on the company by HMEL, a joint venture of HPCL and Mittal Energy Ltd. "Under international competitive bidding (ICB), the company won the contract to set up environment-friendly 153-MW captive power plant at the upcoming Guru Gobind Singh Refinery at Bhatinda,' a company release said.

Punjab's Malwa region, south of the Sutlej river, grabbed national attention a couple of years ago when its steeply rising cancer graph came to light. Studies had revealed the link between heavy