Union Power Minister releases State Energy Efficiency Index 2019

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News: Haryana, Karnataka and Kerala have topped the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019.

Facts:

About State Energy Efficiency Index

  • It tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency (EE) initiatives in 36 states and union territories based on 97 significant indicators. It was first released in 2018.
  • It is developed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in association with Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE).

Objectives:

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

Additional Information:

Initiatives to Promote Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency

1.       Standards and Labelling: The BEE initiated the Standards and Labelling programme for equipment and appliances in 2006. It provides consumer knowledge about the energy efficiency of appliances through a star rating.  

2.       Energy Conservation Building Codes (ECBC): It was launched by the Ministry of Power in 2007. It sets minimum energy standards for new commercial buildings.

3.       National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE): It is one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). It aims to strengthen the market for energy efficiency by creating a conducive regulatory and policy regime.

4.       Perform Achieve and Trade Scheme (PAT):  The scheme provides the option to trade any additional certified energy savings with other designated consumers to comply with the Specific Energy Consumption reduction targets.

5.       Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY): It is a PPP program comprising of BEE, Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) and private investors. It seeks to accelerate market transformation in energy-efficient lighting. 

6.       Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme: It seeks to promote efficient lighting and enhance awareness on using efficient equipment. 

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

  • The BEE is a statutory body under the Ministry of Power. It was set up under the provisions of Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
  • Its mission is to assist in developing policies with the primary objective of reducing energy intensity of the Indian Economy.