REVIEW OF THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICY FRAMEWORK IN INDIA AND SUPPORT TO THE STATE DESIGNATED AGENCY IN KERALA
WISE, with support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, successfully carried out a comprehensive review of the energy efficiency policy landscape in India. The project focused mainly on two key areas:
1. Review of energy efficiency programme implementation as well as policy and institutional framework in India.
The schemes launched by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and their implementation have been evaluated in this report. The sectors reviewed include industry, buildings, agriculture, municipal corporations, and electrical and electronic appliances. While evaluating the existing programmes, there was a felt need to identify areas where performance needed to be enhanced. Additionally, the present financial mechanism in the sector was examined along with review of the institutional framework of energy efficiency in India. The structure and role of State Designated Agencies (SDAs) as per the Energy Conservation Act, 2001, and the steps required to strengthen SDAs were also examined. Global best practices and the role of energy efficiency in climate mitigation are other key issues discussed in the report. Part A concludes with a summary of recommendations
2. Comprehensive Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Kerala
All the states, through their SDAs, are responsible for implementation of energy efficiency. Under this project, support was provided to one SDA viz. the Energy Management Centre (EMC), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, to develop energy efficiency/conservation policy and implementation guidelines. The objective of these guidelines is to strengthen, broaden and upscale the scope of energy efficiency in the state, with specific focus on stand-alone energy efficiency and conservation activities of EMC. In addition, the guidelines also aim to assist decision-makers at EMC in strengthening institutional capacities, and proposing programme guidelines to help in developing a futuristic roadmap for targeted sectors in energy efficiency.
WISE organised two workshops under the programme and provided guidance to the stakeholders on energy efficiency improvements in other industries. To enable wider dissemination of the study outputs, the final reports and other deliverables were translated into the local language, Malayalam, at the request of the state.