This year BEE assessed 36 states and union territories based on their efforts and achievements in policy and regulation, financing mechanisms, institutional capacity, adoption of energy efficiency measures and energy savings achieved
January 10, 2020. By News Bureau
With an objective to track the progress of energy efficiency initiatives in 36 states and union territories based on 97 major indicators, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Ministry of Power has announced that it has released the ‘State Energy Efficiency Index 2019’.
The index was launched by RK Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy and Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
The goal behind releasing this Index is to help states in contributing towards national goals on energy security and climate action by
The first such Index, the “State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index 2018”, was launched on August 1, 2018.
Taking forward the State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index 2018, the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 incorporates qualitative, quantitative and outcome-based indicators to assess energy efficiency initiatives, programs and outcomes in 5 distinct sectors i.e. buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture, and Discoms.
Also, new indicators for this year include adoption of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2017, energy efficiency in MSME clusters, etc. This index is developed by BEE in association with Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE).
For this, the required data was collected from the concerned state departments such as Discoms, Urban Development departments and other departments with the help of State Designated Agencies (SDAs).
This year BEE assessed 36 states and union territories based on their efforts and achievements in policy and regulation, financing mechanisms, institutional capacity, adoption of energy efficiency measures and energy savings achieved.
BEE said in a declaration that for the rational comparison, States/UTs are categorized into 4 groups based on aggregated Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES) required to meet the state’s actual energy demand (electricity, coal, oil, gas, etc.) across sectors.
TPES will help states in comparing performance and share best practices within their peer group.
In the meantime, under four categories based on TPES, Haryana, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashta, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Puducherry and Chandigarh have been evaluated as progressive states/UTs in the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019.
Key Takeaways for States
State EE Index 2019 shows that majority of the initiatives taken by states is related to policies and regulations. Most of the first-generation energy efficiency policies prepared by BEE under programmes on Standards & Labelling (S&L), ECBC, Perform Achieve & Trade (PAT), etc. are understood by states and as the next steps they should focus on ensuring greater compliance to achieve savings. Based on the analysis of responses submitted by states this year, a three-point agenda is suggested for consideration by state agencies:
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