MUMBAI: Union energy minister Sushilkumar Shinde has drafted an ambitious Rs 70,000 crore plan to replace the existing agriculture pumps across the country with energy-efficient pumps. The move is expected to save power worth Rs 18,000 crore per year.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a bid to take the energy-saving mantra to every household, Biotech- the Centre for development of bio-gas technology and other non- conventional energy sources - plans to start energy clubs throughout the State.

NEW DELHI: For long a symbol of imperial grandeur, Rashtrapati Bhavan is making efforts now to emerge as an example of an eco-friendly, energy-efficient entity where women

The incoming Obama Administration and the 111th Congress face enormous challenges and opportunities in tackling the pressing security, economic, and environmental problems posed by the energy sector in the United States and worldwide. Improving the technologies of energy supply and end-use is a prerequisite for surmounting these challenges in a timely and cost-effective way.

Arnab Pratim Dutta When the kerosene supply went down sharply in Nagpur four years ago, Bharat Parihar

Government schemes induced growth The Bureau of Energy Efficiency, state electricity boards and electricity supply companies are responsible for popularizing cfls in India.

There are two forms of power. One is real power that can be translated into actual work typically measured in watts. Another is reactive power that is consumed by a device but does not produce any useful work. The sum of both forms of power is the power supplied by a utility. Power factor of an AC device like CFL ranges from 0 to 1. Closer the power factor of a machine is to 1 the lesser

The CFL market in India The CFL market in India is complex. It comprises at least 12 big brands and perhaps hundreds of small players, whose contribution is not measured. elcoma, the primary association of lamp and components manufacturers, estimates the cfl market size in the country is between 150 million and 200 million pieces. Of this 40 to 50 per cent is dominated by the

Industry reluctant, regulators lax The only hiccup in implementing a wide scale, cfl -based energy-saving programme in India is mercury, a small but essential component of the lamp. Mercury is a proven neurotoxin. Inhaling mercury vapours can severely damage the respiratory tract. Sore throat, coughing, pain or tightness in the chest, headache, muscle weakness, anorexia, gastrointestinal

Ranchi, Jan. 15: The country is rapidly heading towards an oil crisis in the days to come and to help check the situation, oil companies of the state today joined hands to spread awareness about the need to conserve oil and gas among the masses.