Energy Efficiency (EE) is central to India’s sustainable development goals – 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 13 (Climate Action).
States have a vital role in India’s energy efficiency policy implementation and in meeting state-specific goals on sustainable development in the most energy-efficient way. In each state, the State Designated Agency established under the Energy Conservation Act 2001 (EC Act) has been empowered by the EC Act to co-ordinate, regulate and enforce the provisions of the EC Act within the state. SDAs also play a vital role in promoting energy efficiency among energy consumers in all sectors of the state – agriculture, buildings, industries, municipalities and transport, as well as in power generation, transmission and distribution.
The State Energy Efficiency Index has been developed by Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) under the leadership and guidance of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to
- Help drive EE policies and program implementation at the state and local level
- Highlight best practices and encourage healthy competition among states
- Track progress in managing the states’ and India’s energy footprint
- Set a baseline for EE efforts and provide a foundation to set state-specific EE targets
- Institutionalize data capture and monitoring of EE activities by states, especially by SDAs
The first such Index, the State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index, was launched on August 1st, 2018. The State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 draws on the previous index and has enhanced the indicator framework to include ECBC 2017, adoption of e-mobility, energy efficiency in MSME clusters, energy savings and institutional reforms such as independent SDAs and collaboration between SDAs and state departments.
State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 has 97 indicators covering all demand sectors – buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture – and DISCOMs. Thirty-six states and union territories have been assessed in State EE Index 2019.