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State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2023

Why is it in the news?

  • SEEI 2023, released on the 22nd foundation day of BEE, incorporates 65 indicators spread across seven demand sectors, namely Buildings, Industry, Municipal Services, Transport, Agriculture, Distribution Company (DISCOM), and Cross-Sector Initiatives.
  • States and UTs are classified into categories such as Front Runner, Achiever, Contender, and Aspirant based on their overall scores, reflecting their performance in energy efficiency implementation.

 More about the news

  • The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), in partnership with the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), introduced the State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2023.
  • It evaluates the energy efficiency initiatives undertaken by 36 states and Union Territories (UTs) in India across various sectors.

Key Outcomes of SEEI-2023:

  • Karnataka emerged as the top performer in SEEI 2023, being the only state with an active “Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Policy,” followed by Andhra Pradesh.
  • Notably, 15 states showed improvement in their scores compared to SEEI 2021-22, with Maharashtra and Haryana exhibiting the most significant enhancements.

Key Recommendations of SEEI-2023:

  • Effective implementation of State Energy Efficiency Action Plans (SEEAPs) necessitates comprehensive investment analysis and robust monitoring mechanisms.
  • States should collaborate and share data transparently to synergize efforts towards energy transition.
  • Leveraging the State Energy Conservation Fund in a revolving investment mode can facilitate sustained energy efficiency initiatives.
  • Encouraging the adoption of energy efficiency measures through Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) within states.
  • Exploring opportunities in the carbon market for promoting the adoption of energy-efficient technologies.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

·       Established under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001, the BEE is a statutory body functioning since 2002.

·       It operates under the Ministry of Power with the primary objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy.

·       Among its regulatory functions, the BEE is responsible for developing and implementing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for various equipment, appliances, and commercial buildings.

·       Additionally, it certifies energy managers and energy auditors, contributing to the enhancement of energy efficiency practices across industries and sectors.

 

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