CLP Power to make energy conservation its focus as review looms

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 6:21am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 6:21am

Promoting energy-saving measures will be CLP Power's priority for the coming years, its managing director says, with its first target being to "double" the effectiveness of its campaigns.

The electricity supplier's efforts will include a HK$10 million scheme to help the underprivileged - including single elderly people and tenants of subdivided flats - to conserve energy, Paul Poon Wai-yin said yesterday.

About 4,000 households will be given one of four energyefficient products: mini-fridges, induction cookers, electric fans and LED light bulbs.

"The programme will not only allow people to save energy but also improve their home safety," Poon said, citing the example of people cooking on gas stoves in subdivided flats. District councils, green groups and charities will help run the programme.

Poon said the company would promote the energysaving message on all fronts.

"Saving energy means saving money," he said. "I hope the effectiveness [of the campaign] will be doubled as this will be our priority focus."

Poon said up to 60 million kilowatt-hours of electricity had been saved in the past five years through CLP's work, including energy audits for businesses.

Besides giving out energy-efficient devices, Poon said the company would consider expanding its smarter-meter programme after "encouraging" trial results. The trial, which started in May and will run for 18 months, has seen more than 3,000 households and 1,000 businesses use meters that offer real-time energy consumption data.

The machines tell users about peak power consumption periods and urge them to cut power usage. Those who act will receive incentives such as cash coupons.

Poon would not reveal details of the results so far but said overseas experience had shown savings of as much as 10 per cent.

Meanwhile, Poon said the firm was in "constructive" discussions with the Environment Bureau on an interim review of the scheme of control agreement, the regulatory framework for electricity firms. It is due to be completed by the end of the year.

The review has given green groups impetus to press CLP and rival Hongkong Electric to step up conservation efforts.