Labha Prabha brings losses to KSEB

The Kerala State Electricity Board has reportedly incurred substantial losses as a large number of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) procured for the first two editions of the Labha Prabha energy conservation scheme in 2013 have been stacked at its various section offices for want of takers

The scheme was launched in March 2013 as a comprehensive campaign for improving demand side management through incentives to ensure public participation. Prizes to the tune of Rs.2 crore were offered as part of the scheme with an outlay of Rs.8 crore.

Board sources told The Hindu that the first two editions of the scheme miserably fell short of its target in arresting power consumption and the CFLs bought for distribution among consumers, in return of incandescent lamps, had not been distributed.

The third edition of the scheme launched at a cost of Rs.150 crore, aims at saving 400 MU this year.

This is expected to reduce the daily peak time consumption by 350 MW. The new scheme, launched under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme, plans to distribute two 9 Watt Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs free of cost to about 6 lakh domestic consumers whose monthly average consumption is less than 40 units and two bulbs to others at a concessional rate of Rs.95. Though doubts have been raised about the quality of the LED bulbs, Director, Distribution, KSEB, B. Neena, said such doubts were totally unfounded.

First two editions failed to garner public participation

Plan to distribute LEDs as part of third edition

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