Monday, December 3, 2012

12 Government buildings save RM3.5mil in electricity bills

Electrical Energy Manager requirement in Malaysia

Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations 2008 (EMEER) that was gazetted on December 15, 2008 is aimed at getting big energy users to meet requirements in respect of the efficient use of electricity. This Regulation, among others require users with total consumption of 3,000,000 kWh or more over 6 consecutive months to appoint a Electrical Energy Manager (EEM) and implement efficient electrical energy management.

If your organisation is drawing 700 kW of power consistently, energy consumption would be 16,800 kWh per day or 3,057,600 kWh over 182 days (6 months). This will qualify you - or rather require you - to notify Energy Commission and appoint a EEM. It's a legal requirement!

As a guideline, if you have a 1,000 kVA transformer installed at your premise, you most likely fall under this Regulation. Example: hotels/resorts, universities, water treatment plans/pumping stations, big shopping complexes, government buildings, sky-scrappers, etc.

Government took the lead-by-example approach!

This was in the news, so, expect stricter implementation of the Regulation by Energy Commission, EC, in the near future. You might get a surprise visit from EC officials:-

Government Buildings Saved RM3.5m In Electricity Bills This Year
Putrajaya - Nov.30, 2012

Twelve government buildings identified as the biggest consumers of electricity, registered savings of RM3.5 million or 10.3 per cent in power usage, between January and October.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said, this was achieved after an energy manager was appointed for each building which used more than 3,000,000 kilowatts per hour in six consecutive months, and suggested steps for energy conservation for implementation.

Among the buildings are the Finance Ministry building which recorded savings of 20 per cent and the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry building with 9.8 per cent, he told reporters after meeting with ministry personnel here today.

Chin said, they could increase savings by using energy-saving bulbs such as light-emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), whereby RM800 million could be saved a year, should all buildings be fitted with such bulbs. He said the ministry was still discussing with the Finance Ministry on implementing the change to energy-saving bulbs as it would involve high costs.

"We are now looking at working with producers to come up with their proposal on how they can implement this for the government.

"If they can work with us on the implementation, for example, they are paid according to the savings (made from the usage of the bulbs). Then, the government will be able to implement this much faster," he said.

Government buildings currently spend more than RM2.7 billion on electricity a year. - Bernama

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