The success of India’s goals for Energy Efficiency (EE) hinges as much on state-specific energy efficiency programmes, as on national programmes. States play a vital role in implementing energy efficiency policies. The National Energy Efficiency goals can only be realised with each state achieving their goals individually, keeping in mind the prevailing socio-economic conditions.
The Energy Conservation Act empowers the Bureau of Energy Efficiency to formulate policies and programs at the national level, and empowers the State Designated Agencies to ensure implementation, compliance, and enforcement at State Level. Following this, states have taken initiatives to create awareness and formulate energy efficiency policies.
Based on AEEE’s experience and learnings from State Energy Efficiency Index 2018 & 2019, it is very evident that the challenge is in realising actual energy savings by shifting gears from “programmes in place” to “programmes successfully implemented”.
States need to develop policies and capabilities in the private and public sectors to identify, formulate and present energy efficiency investment projects that are bankable; introduce policy and institutional changes to support energy efficiency investments; evaluate and monitor the progress of energy efficiency policies and programs, and create favourable conditions for financial institutions and the private sector to invest in energy efficiency projects.
Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy through its State and Local Action will advocate Energy Efficiency through its unique expertise in Energy Efficiency – as an integral part of a State development policy – with other environmental, economic and livelihood goals without compromising the states socio-economic priorities