Question: Consider the following statement:
(1) The first “State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index 2018”, was launched on August 1, 2018.
(2) The top-performing states for 2019 are Haryana, Kerala and Karnataka, are in the ‘Achiever’ category.
Choose the correct one:
(c) Both(1) and (2)
(d) None of the above
- The government has released the ‘State Energy Efficiency Index 2019’.
- The Index tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency (EE) initiatives in states and union territories based on 97 significant indicators.
- Assessment is based on their efforts and achievements in policy and regulation, financing mechanisms, institutional capacity, adoption of energy efficiency measures and energy savings achieved.
- The index incorporates qualitative, quantitative and outcome-based indicators to assess energy efficiency initiatives, programs and outcomes in five distinct sectors – buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture, and DISCOMs.
Details about the Index:
- The first “State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index 2018”, was launched on August 1, 2018.
- The index is developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in association with Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE).
- The 2019 index has included new indicators like the adoption of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2017, energy efficiency in MSME clusters, etc.
- Data collection: The required data were collected from the concerned state departments such as DISCOMs, Urban Development departments and other departments with the help of State Designated Agencies (SDAs).
- For rational comparison, States/UTs are grouped into four 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.
- The index categorizes states as ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’ based on their efforts and achievements towards energy efficiency implementation.
- The top-performing states for 2019 are Haryana, Kerala and Karnataka, are in the ‘Achiever’ category.
- Manipur, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Rajasthan performed the worst in the Aspirant groups.
- Since there isn’t state in the ‘Front runner’ category, it can be inferred that a lot more can be done at the state level to realise energy savings from energy efficiency.
- TPES grouping helps states compare their performance and share best practices within their peer group.
- The index will help states contribute towards national goals on energy security and climate action by helping drive EE policies and program implementation at the state and local level.
- It will track progress in managing the states’ and India’s energy footprint and institutionalizing the data capture and monitoring of EE activities by states.