Govt Releases State Energy Efficiency Index 2019

Govt Releases State Energy Efficiency Index 2019

With an aim to track the progress of energy efficiency initiatives in thirty six states and union territories based on ninety seven significant indicators, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Ministry of Power on Friday released the ‘State Energy Efficiency Index 2019’.

State Energy Efficiency Index

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 objective behind releasing this Index is to help states in contributing towards national goals on energy security and climate action by

  • Helping drive energy efficiency policies and program implementation at the state and local level.
  • Tracking progress in managing the states’ and India’s energy footprint.
  • Institutionalising data capture and monitoring of energy efficiency activities by states.

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 statement that for the rational comparison, States/UTs are categorised 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.

Meanwhile 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:

  1. Proactive role by states in policy formulation and implementation to shift the focus from “policies in place” to “policies successfully implemented”.
  2. Strengthening the mechanism for data capture, management and public availability of data: For this year’s Index, SDAs proactively contacted various state departments to gather data. However, SDAs should further enhance their engagement with state departments and private sector to enable a robust mechanism for Energy Data Management System.
  3. Enhancing the credibility of EE schemes: Ensuring the integrity of programs that have direct or indirect linkages with common consumers is significant to energy efficiency market transformation. States must demonstrate an approach which includes enforcement and compliance checks as well as independent monitoring and verification of savings, which is integral to all EE policies and programs.

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Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.