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Workshop On 'Energy Consumption And Conservation Opportunities In Panchkula Engineering Cluster' On 4 April 2016 At Panchkula

A major barrier to formulate policies and programs on energy efficiency improvement in the MSME sector is the lack of comprehensive data on energy usage patterns among many MSME clusters. Against this backdrop, TERI with support from Shakti Sustainable Energy foundation (SSEF) is undertaking a project to collate energy data and develop cluster profile reports of selected energy intensive MSME clusters in the highly industrialized states of Haryana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Panchkula engineering is one of the clusters selected under the project. Panchkula is a prominent industrial cluster of Haryana having concentration of over 300 engineering MSMEs that are manufacturing a range of products such as tractor/auto parts, sheet fabrication, railway components, electrical & electronic components, fasteners, defense equipment, graded castings and so on.

In order to initiate the project activities and interact with key stakeholders, a cluster level workshop was organized by TERI in collaboration with Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI), Panchkula Chapter on 4 April 2016 at Panchkula. The workshop was attended by over 50 participants including senior representatives of HCCI, leading engineering units, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), leading consultancy organizations and TERI.

The workshop helped to generate awareness among stakeholders about the energy conservation opportunities for engineering units and the schemes/incentives available to adopt new energy efficient technologies. In his opening remarks, Mr Vishnu Goyal, Chairperson, HCCI, Panchkula spoke on TERIs continued efforts to enhance awareness on energy efficiency and energy conservation in the region and thanked SSEF for its support. He expressed the need for Panchkula industry to upgrade their units by adopting new technologies with support from specialized agencies like TERI, utilizing the incentives offered by government. Acknowledging the key role played by SIDBI in financing and development of the MSME sector, he urged the apex financial institution to provide funds to the engineering units of Panchkula at concessional rates of interest.

Sharing experiences of energy efficiency improvements in his plant, Mr Satish Gupta, Past President, HCCI spoke on the importance of energy audit as a starting point and how his unit has benefitted from the audit that TERI has conducted in his plant in the recent past. He explained his fellow entrepreneurs about how they can become more competitive by saving on energy costs and outlined various areas for energy saving viz. electric motors, air compressors, power factor improvement, heat treatment furnaces and so on. He urged the units to adopt energy efficient IE3 motors to reduce their power bills. His address generated enormous response from the participants, many of whom expressed keen interest to improve energy efficiency of their plant. Many participants urged TERI to undertake energy efficiency studies in their units at reasonable charges.

Highlighting the importance of energy mapping in MSME clusters, Mr Upinder Singh Dhingra, Associate Fellow, TERI, mentioned that there is scarcity of energy consumption data on MSME sub-sectors/clusters-essential for realization of the importance of the sector for energy planners at the national and state levels. Subsequently, he spoke on various projects undertaken by TERI for energy data mapping in MSME clusters. With support from SSEF, TERI is conducting a energy/technology mapping exercise in Panchkula and will develop a cluster profile report upon its completion. He informed the participants about the SAMEEEKSHA knowledge sharing platform and the activities conducted under the same. He showed the participants, the newly developed graphical interface on the SAMEEEKSHA website-the 'MSME map of India' that hosts information on several energy intensive MSME clusters. Information about Panchkula will feature on the map soon, he added. Mr. Dhingra then provided an overview of Panchkula engineering cluster and shared details of the Technology and Quality Upgradation (TEQUP) scheme of DCMSME under which capital subsidy is available for adoption of energy efficient technologies.

Prior to the workshop, experts from TERI conducted visits to selected engineering units in Panchkula to understand the energy consumption areas/technologies employed in the units and identify possible energy conservation opportunities. The findings were presented to the participants by Mr N. Vasudevan, Senior Fellow, TERI. He explained in detail the energy conservation options for different process areas of engineering units and the power savings that can be achieved upon implementation. He also urged the units to adopt best operating practices (BOPs) that can provide good energy savings at almost no cost.

Sh. Balbir Singh, DGM, SIDBI, Chandigarh highlighted the various schemes offered by SIDBI to extend financial support to engineering MSMEs. He provided details of SIDBIs new 'SMILE' (SIDBI Make in India Soft Loan Fund for Micro Small & Medium Enterprises) scheme which has been launched under the Make in India campaign to provide affordable loans to MSMEs for adopting clean technologies. He also informed the participants that many of the technologies used by them are eligible for subsidy and will have concessional interest rates under various lines of credit. He urged the participants to visit SIDBI office for any financial requirements and assured them of best services.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Mr C B Goel, Past President, HCCI acknowledged the efforts of TERI in providing technical assistance and those of SIDBI in extending financial support to MSMEs to adopt new technologies. He mentioned that MSMEs continue to face barriers to their growth, which are primarily linked with access to technology and financing and workshops like these are essential to bridge this knowledge gap. Such workshops are extremely helpful to bridge gap between govt. authorities, banks and MSME units, he added.

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