Power Ministry promoting electric cooking in rural India

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New Delhi: The Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Mr. R K Singh, informed the Lok Sabha that the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, is promoting electric cooking in rural areas through State Designated Agencies (SDAs).

To reduce reliance on LPG, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, has taken the initiative to promote electric cooking in rural areas.

Using the demand aggregation approach, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Power, is dedicated to making clean cooking solutions more affordable for end beneficiaries and promoting their widespread adoption

EESL is developing three distinct models to promote the use of clean cooking solutions. The first model entails installing induction cookstoves in urban areas.

Grid-connected Solar-based Induction cook stoves are being deployed in Tier 2 cities and semi-urban areas.

The plan is to introduce solar-powered induction cook stoves with battery storage in rural areas.

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has developed three models of solar-based cooktops, namely “Surya Nutan,” with the goal of reducing reliance on LPG and creating an environmentally sustainable cooking solution, which can be of great utility in rural areas against the backdrop of increasing LPG adoption and resulting domestic availability in the Indian market.

All models feature a hybridization option that enables grid electricity to be used for cooking and charging through Surya Nutan in order to meet the demands of the market. For the commercial launch of the product, IOC has appointed ten Indian vendors to handle manufacturing, marketing, installation, and after-sales service.

On March 1, 2023, the Ministry of Power, through BEE, will also launch the voluntary Star labelling programme for induction stoves. The goal of this initiative is to encourage the use of electric cooking by encouraging consumers to use energy-efficient induction hobs.

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