Delhi power supplier BSES has again pitched for all national capital residents to switch-off power utility for one hour on March 28 from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM to observe the worldwide Earth Hour movement as part of the energy-saving awareness campaign. At it shighest level, Delhi consumed 3935 MW of power in July 2014.
The WWF-sponsored program, into its 9th edition in 2015, will be joined by a billion people world over in major cities will be taken up on a major scale this year by BSES with SMS messages to individual households, RWAs, business houses and communities seeking their cooperation to switch off all lights for an hour.
Even the Rashtrapati Bhavan will observe ‘Earth Hour’ on March 28 and all non-essential lights in the presidential palace will be switched off for an hour on Saturday at 8.30pm.
In its monthly newsletter the BSES will try to reach 34 lakhs customers. “We are sending SMSes to over 10 lakh customers to participate in the Earth Hour,” a BSES official said.
“BSES is committed to reduce green house emissions and the impact of global warming. We should all strive for the day, when we don’t need an Earth Hour. BSES and its consumers are once again gearing up to take up the challenge and take the Earth Hour event to greater heights,” a BSES sttement said.
Other power supply agencies BRPL and BYPL will join the move to repeat their last year’s effort that saved them 250 MW, including 175 MW in BSES area. In all, 3.4 million homes are expected to join the appointed hour involving 20 million people of Delhi.
Other major cities expected to join the worldwide Earth Hour switching off move are Mumbai, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Rome, Manila, Singapore, Dubai among 6,000 cities across the six continents. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and since then became a global event on a broad range of environmental issues.