Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Collector N. Mathivanan has called for conservation in all sectors. In these times of global economic recession, optimum use of energy was the need of the hour, he said.

He was addressing a seminar conducted here on Wednesday by National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), NSIC Technical Service Centre and Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA).

He said that primary global energy consumer was the U.S., which consumed 24.4 per cent with India consuming 3.5 per cent. Outlining the energy consumption pattern in India, he said that 55 per cent of it was coal, 33 per cent oil, and 8 per cent gas.

The energy deficiency was 8.4 per cent with peak demand shortage being 14 per cent. At 49 per cent, industries constituted the bulk of consumption in the country, followed by transport with 22 per cent, residential 10 per cent and agriculture 5 per cent. Others constituted 14 per cent of consumption, he said.

Praising MADITSSIA for organising such seminars, Mr. Mathivanan said that they were needed to create awareness of energy conservation, the requisite technology and optimum utilisation of power.

Potential for energy conservation existed at homes, schools, hotels, hospitals, industrial estates and Government offices. Energy audits were being conducted for effective use of energy to maximise profit and reduce losses, evaluate potential for savings and guide efforts towards improving energy efficiency, he said.

N.K. Subramani, Chief Manager, NSIC Technical Service Centre, said that energy audits could result in 10 per cent power savings. Energy conservation would result in immediate cost saving for industry.

The NSIC had conducted energy audits for the districts of Dindigul, Karur and Sivaganga. Potential existed for energy conservation in Madurai, he said.

Speaking earlier, N. Somasundaram, MADITSSIA president, said that energy conservation could help increase profitability and efficiency of the production process.

Association vice-president P. Sitaraman said that the technical personnel of NSIC would elaborate on the technical aspects of power conservation during the course of the seminar.

Association secretary V.S. Manimaran spoke.

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