Now, Niti Aayog to Rank States on En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency

State En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Score­card to be ready by mid­dle of this year

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New Delhi: In­dia’s pol­icy think­tank, Niti Aayog, will soon rank states on the ba­sis of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, a move which will help In­dia achieve its in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ment of low­er­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion. This will be sixth in a se­ries of indices which the Niti Aayog had in­tro­duced for states over the past two years –– the oth­ers be­ing health, ed­u­ca­tion, wa­ter man­age­ment, agri­cul­tural re­forms and dig­i­tal trans­ac­tion.

A se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial told ET that the Aayog is now con­tem­plat­ing to rank states on the ba­sis of how ef­fi­ciently they con­sume en­ergy. The ini­tial rounds of dis­cus­sions have al­ready taken place.

The first such rank­ing, to be called the State En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Score­card, would be in place only by the mid­dle of this year. This an­nual ex­er­cise will mo­ti­vate states to com­pete for the top slot by sig­nif­i­cantly im­prov­ing their en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

The Aayog has roped in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency en­abling or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Al­liance for an En­ergy Ef­fi­cient Al­liance (AEEE), as its know- ledge part­ner to de­velop indices on en­ergy con­sump­tion across four sec­tors –– trans­port, agri­cul­ture, in­dus­try and build­ings. “Based on th­ese indices, states will be ranked on their ef­fi­cient use of en­ergy,” the of­fi­cial added. AEEE did not re­spond to ET’s email query. The score­card would com­prise both qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive in­di­ca­tors, in­clud­ing poli­cies and reg­u­la­tion, ac­tion plans, pro­grammes and schemes de­vel­oped by states, im­ple­men­ta­tion of cen­tral and state gov­ern­ment en­ergy ef­fi­ciency poli­cies and schemes and en­ergy sav­ings achieved over the years.

In­dia, had in Oc­to­ber last year, rat­i­fied the Paris Agree­ment un- der which it plans to re­duce its car­bon emis­sion in­ten­sity –– emis­sion per unit of GDP –– by 3335% from 2005 lev­els over 15 years be­sides com­mit­ting to pro­duc­ing 40% of its in­stalled elec­tric­ity ca­pac­ity from non-fos­sil fu­els by 2030. This would mean that In­dia will have to shift sig­nif­i­cantly from coal-based power gen­er­a­tion to re­new­able en­ergy sources. The rank­ing will be used to high­light en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ef­forts and achieve­ments of all states, recog­nise lead­ers and en­cour­age healthy com­pe­ti­tion among states and iden­tify best prac­tices in im­prov­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency that can be repli­cated by other states.

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