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Electricity-saving scheme for public buildings

Government buildings, shopping malls and office towers will have to pay penalty charges if they fail to comply with the city's electricity-saving standard for public venues, the Shanghai Construction Commission said today.

The standard will be applied in a two-year trial period and be officially enforced after that, said Shen Xiaosu, deputy director of the commission.

An official monitoring center was set up today to facilitate the scheme. Shen said the center is remotely connected to the public buildings to monitor their power usage. Real-time data allows the center to analyse power consumption by lighting, elevators and air-conditioning.

Shen said scientists will study the data collected in a two-year period to work out a reasonable energy-saving standard for public buildings.

"In the future, part of a building's electricity bill will have a higher rate if it exceeds the mandatory standard. The scheme is aimed at encouraging more property owners to voluntarily save energy through renovation and other methods," Shen said.

Currently, 200 government and commercial buildings have been connected to the center with monitoring equipment installed to collect power usage data. Another 600 buildings will be wired this year. By 2014, all the public buildings will be covered in the scheme, the official said.

Investigations showed that public buildings are more extravagant in power usage compared with residential buildings.


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