Energy Efficiency Policy Framework and support to the State Designated Agency in Kerala

Energy Efficiency Policy Framework and support to the State Designated Agency in Kerala

The project supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation entailed conducting a comprehensive review of the implementation of the energy efficiency programme in India, along with policies, administration procedures, and institutional framework. The study also required WISE to provide specific implementation support to a state designated agency for supporting energy efficiency programs at the state level.

WISE evaluated impacts of major sectoral initiatives in the energy efficiency space including PAT, ECBC, Standards and labelling standards, and demand side management schemes for agriculture and municipal sectors. The study included extensive primary and secondary research, administering stakeholder surveys and interviews. The study also reviewed and evaluated the funding mechanism for the existing energy efficiency programmes, institutional framework in India, and the potential of energy efficiency in mitigating climate change. It also looked at the structure and role of State Designated Agencies (SDAs) as per the Energy Conservation Act, and taking a hands-on approach, worked with state designated agency in Kerala, the Energy Management Centre (EMC), Thiruvananthapuram to provide guidelines and specific action points for implementation and roll out of new energy efficiency programs. WISE carried out two workshops under the program and provided guidance to the stakeholders on energy efficiency improvements for other industries.

The study provided many insightful recommendations in the area of scheme design, scheme implementation (PAT/ECBC/Standards and Labelling), institutional strengthening and energy efficiency financing. The work with the state designated agency assessed program dissemination and success and suggested some innovative government support schemes and user engagement strategies that went beyond normal electricity consumer categories to also include transport energy use. The team also provided guidance on institutional strengthening and administrative process changes to improve program delivery and information dissemination. To enable wider dissemination of the study outputs, the reports and other deliverables were converted to local language Malyalam.

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National Renewable Energy Law initiative

National Renewable Energy Law initiative

Self-funded

One of the earliest self-funded initiatives from WISE was preparation of the Model Draft Renewable Energy Law for India, way back in 2005. The draft was released in a seminar inaugurated by the then Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Govt of India. The seminar was followed by a three-year advocacy campaign conducted through the media, seminars, and direct contacts.

In November 2007, the Working Group on RE Law approached 300 Members of Parliament (both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha), seeking their support. Many prominent MPs promised to take up the matter. In August 2007, the Model RE Law draft was formally submitted to MNRE. In June 2008, the Prime Minister of India chaired a meeting of the Energy Coordination Committee (ECC), wherein he authorised MNRE to come forward with a draft legislation for the promotion and accelerated growth of RE in India. WISE’s draft was taken as the basis of this draft legislation. Soon after the ECC meet, MNRE constituted an RE Law Technical Committee (of which the Founder DG, WISE, is a leading member), which finalised the draft RE Law and submitted the same to the Government of India.

Facilitating Offshore Wind in India (FOWIND)

Facilitating Offshore Wind in India (FOWIND)

The EU Delegation to India in close cooperation with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, awarded a €4 million grant to a GWEC-led consortium under the Indo-European Cooperation on Renewable Energy programme. The FOWIND project sought to facilitate India’s transition towards low carbon development by supporting the implementation of national policies and programmes for offshore wind, with a special focus on the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

As part of the consortium, WISE was entrusted with assisting and coordinating offshore wind development with the state government of Gujarat and it played an instrumental role in bringing the Government of Gujarat as co-grantor for the project. WISE also developed a project management office on its premises in Pune for this purpose and supported the consortium lead, GWEC, and other technical partners on key project deliverables, including preparation of pre-feasibility and final feasibility reports for 500 MW offshore wind capacity and associated offshore policy briefs and other technical papers on manufacturing, supply chain, grid integration, etc. On the implementation side, WISE took the lead in implementing project activities related to LIDAR selection, offshore structure selection, government coordination for offshore permits, and site visits and installation of LIDAR for measuring offshore wind resources in the Gulf of Cambay, Gujarat. The LIDAR was installed in 2017 and the wind resource readings are expected to provide valuable guidance to the on-site installation of the first offshore wind power project in India.

The project helped create more visibility and acceptance for offshore wind among policymakers and regulators. The project report deliverables in the areas of technology integration, supply chain, policy and grid infrastructure spurred new interest and investments in the field of offshore wind in India.

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