• As part of its commitment to create awareness about energy efficiency as a resource and also to develop an action plan for energy conservation initiatives, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), today released the ‘State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index’, which assesses state policies and programmes aimed at improving energy efficiency across various sectors.
• The dignitaries also released a set of Energy Conversation Guidelines for energy intensive industries that are covered under the Government’s Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme. Developed by the BEE, these will serve as a standard reference document for energy intensive industries and help them achieve high operational efficiency of energy consuming utilities thereby improving their energy performance.
• The State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index has 63 indicators across Building, Industry, Municipality, Transport, Agriculture and DISCOM with 4 cross-cutting indicators. States are categorised based on their efforts and achievements towards energy efficiency implementation, as ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’. The ‘Front Runner’ states in the inaugural edition of the Index are: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan based on available data.
• The Index examines states’ policies and regulations, financing mechanisms, institutional capacity, adoption of energy efficiency measures and energy savings achieved. The required data was collected from the concerned state departments such as DISCOMs, Urban Development Departments, etc., with the help of State Designated Agencies (SDAs) nominated by the BEE.
• Apart from the data furnished by SDAs, the AEEE also collected information from various central government sources such as: Central Electricity Authority (CEA) General Review; Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) annual report on the performance of State Road Transport Undertakings (SRTU); BEE programme implementation reports; Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE); and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
• While most states have implemented one or more national programmes driven by BEE and EESL, the front runner and achiever states have several state-level initiatives as well.
• In the building sector, most states have implemented UJALA for energy efficient lighting. However, less than half have notified the Energy Conservation Building Code and incorporated ECBC in municipal building bye-laws.
• A few states mandated energy audits for certain category of buildings and provide financial incentives for energy efficient building construction and retrofits. In the industry sector, BEE’s PAT programme is fairly well implemented, with State Designated Agencies supporting BEE’s efforts.
• In the municipal sector, most states have used EESL’s Street Lighting National Programme and a fair number have signed up for EESL’s Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme for public water works and sewerage systems retrofits.
• Consumers in most states have utilized the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles schemes to purchase hybrid/electric vehicles. In Discoms, the Transmission and Distribution losses are still high in most states leading to enormous energy leakages, with only three states – Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu – having T&D losses under 15 percent.
• The report said the periodic release of the State Energy Efficiency Index shall help track progress in managing State’s energy footprint and provide guidance in formulating data-driven, evidence-based policies and programmes at the state level. It will also contribute towards national energy data management by helping streamline energy efficiency data collection in the States.