GIS – 12 November 2018: The National Campaign on Electrical Safety at Home, aimed at sensitising residential customers about the importance of electrical safety and educating them about the steps that can be taken to prevent electrical hazards leading to fires, injuries, and even fatalities at home, was launched on 10 November 2018 by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute auditorium, Moka.
In his address, the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that all electrical systems have the potential of causing serious burns and even fatality. The voltage of the available electrical current in a household has enough power to cause burns, which is why it is essential to be aware and take necessary precautions to ensure complete electrical safety, especially if one has children at home, he highlighted.
Speaking about energy efficiency, Mr Collendavelloo underlined that several measures have been taken to decrease reliance on petrol adding that Mauritius aims to produce about 35% of its electricity needs from renewable sources, supported by several projects that include wind energy plants and photovoltaic farms and Waste-to-Energy projects that are already in operation.
He recalled that Government is sparing no efforts to combat climate change while highlighting that Mauritius is one of the founding members of the International Solar Alliance whose primary objective is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to use solar energy to bring electricity to remote regions.
The Deputy Prime Minister also lauded the Home Solar Project which he said is a significant one since it aims at helping low-income communities to be energy sufficient, save energy costs and protect the environment. The project, to be implemented by the Central Electricity Board (CEB) and CEB (Green Energy) Co. Ltd, consists of installing solar photovoltaic systems on rooftops of
10 000 households in Social Category tariff 110A as part of the Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty whilst contributing to the national target of achieving 35% of renewable electricity in the energy mix by 2025. He expressed satisfaction that people from the lower rungs of society will for the first time be able to consume electricity that they will produce themselves through solar panels.
Award of prizes of the National Energy Saving Campaign 2017
The launching of the National Awareness Campaign 2018 on Electrical Safety at Home also coincided with the award of prizes to 200 winners of the Lucky Draw of the National Energy Saving Campaign 2017. The winners will get a 50% reduction on their electricity bills for the next six months, starting as from 12 November 2018.
As part of its Demand Side Management initiatives, the Central Electricity Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities had launched in 2017 a National Energy Saving campaign targeting residential customers. It was an opportunity for the residential customers to contribute in the mitigation of greenhouse gases emissions through a reduction in their energy consumption and subsequently saving money on their electricity bill.
An Energy Saving Guidebook was distributed to residential customers as well as to students of both the primary and secondary schools. This guidebook provides useful and simple tips that can be easily adopted by the residential customers to perform their daily activities more efficiently.
In a view to motivating residential customers to read the guidebook, they were requested to fill in a questionnaire so as to participate in a Lucky Draw and stand a chance to win an interesting prize.