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EcoHousing LogoThe Eco-housing program won the Top Innovation Prize in the "Energy Efficiency Category" at the Asia Clean Energy Forum held in Manila, Philippines on June 5th, 2008. This IIEC and USAID program in India showcased the unique policy and market development approach used to encourage the wider adoption of energy efficiency practices in the residential sector.

IIEC has recently been engaged by Rural Electrification Fund (REF) of Cambodia, to promote off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy for rural electrification throughout the country. The project aims at enhancing awareness and knowledge of Rural Electricity Enterprises (REEs), small-scale utilities with generating capacity from 20kW to 2MW, on potential and utilization of renewable energy resources in Cambodia. The project also targets at promoting Solar Home Systems (SHS) to individual households and other potential end-users. These promotional efforts will serve as one of the key strategies and actions for the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to achieve at least 70% of all households with access to grid quality electricity by the year 2030.

Under the Demand Side Management/Energy Efficiency (DSM/EE) Phase I Project funded by the World Bank/GEF, the DSM Cell of Electricite du Laos (EdL) with technical assistance from IIEC has successfully implemented low-cost energy efficiency measures in 4 public sector buildings in Vientiane, capital of Lao PDR. The initial monitoring results show 5-10% saving with less than 3 years payback. The success of these energy efficient measures was proclaimed to all ministries and public sector agencies in Lao PDR through an official launch of the public sector awareness campaign, organized on April 29th, 2008 at Lane Xang Hotel in Vientiane.

IIEC has collaborated with the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) to launch the first Demand Side Management (DSM) Center in Bangalore. This Karnataka DSM Center housed at BESCOM is the first by a public sector distribution company, and was established jointly by Karnataka Power Transmission Company Limited (KPTCL) and ESCOMs. Inaugurated in November 2007 by Sri Dilip Rau, I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Energy Department, Government of Karnataka, the Center aims to increase awareness of energy conservation among its consumer base.

The DSM Center will have a permanent product exhibition on efficient lighting, pumping, water heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration. The Center has invited private sector participation and has made a good beginning with product display kiosks of Philips Electronics India Ltd, Osram India Ltd, KSB Pumps Ltd, Crompton Greaves Ltd and Conzerv Systems Private Ltd. In addition, IIEC will be involved in the design and implementation of other DSM Center activities including training and capacity building programs, and setting a DSM and energy conservation helpline to inform consumers on possible options, benefit costs of technologies. The Center will actively involve consumers, citizens, welfare associations, suppliers, academia and researchers in its activities.

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