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CFL-powered Himachal Pradesh applies for UN carbon credits

Dharamshala:Himachal Pradesh’s first-of-kind initiative in the country to distribute compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs free of cost to 15 lakh domestic consumers has given a new edge to the state, which has now filed its claims with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for carbon credits.

Making a suo motu statement in the House on Wednesday, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said if the proposal was accepted, the government would start earning Rs 8 to 10 crore per annum. Many states in the country have started replicating the Himachal model of distributing free CFL bulbs. The CM said four CFL bulbs were given to every household as an energy saving scheme, which resulted in net gains of saving 17.5 crore units of power. The sale of this power resulted in a revenue of Rs 100 crore to the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, he claimed.

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