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Considering the vast potential of energy saveing and benefits of energy efficiency, the government of India enacted the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 in October, 2001.

The act provides for legal framework, institutional arrangement and a regulatory mechanism at the Central and State level to embark upon energy efficiency drive in the country.

The Energy Conservation Act, 2001 became effective from 1st March, 2001.

      The strategy behind this act is to make power available to all by 2012 through promotion of energy efficiency and its conservation in the country, which is found to be the least cost option to argument the gap between demand and supply of energy. Nearly 25000 MW of capacity creation through energy efficiency in the electricity sector alone has been estimated in India. Energy Conservation Potential for the economy as a whole has been assessed as 23% with maximum potential in Industrial and Agricultural sectors.

      In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (d) of section 15 of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001, the State Government in consultation with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Govt. of India, designated the Engineer-in-Chief Electricity –cum- Principal Chief Electrical Inspector, Govt. of Odisha, as the State Designated Agency (SDA) to coordinate, regulate and enforce provisions of the Energy Conservation Act-2001 within the State.

      SDA Odisha, in association with premier Govt. of India organizations, such as National Productivity Council, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, Govt. of India, DoorDarshan and other State Govt. organizations such as Works Department, Housing and Urban Development Department, School and Mass Education Department, Odisha Space Application Centre, SCERT, OMFED, IDCOL etc. has initiated different activities for effective implementation of Energy Conservation Act, 2001 in the State.

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