UPSC Exam Preparation: Topic of the Day – State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index (SEEPI)
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and NITI Aayog jointly released the 1st edition of the State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index (SEEPI). The index is a part of its commitment to create awareness about energy efficiency as a resource and also to develop an action plan for energy conservation initiatives across the country.
- It is launched on the basis of 63 parameters.
- The index accessed and analyzed the state policies, programmes aimed at improving energy efficiency in various sectors such as buildings, industries, municipalities, transportation, agriculture, and electricity distribution.
- The energy consumption and the potential to conserve energy by each of the states were also measured by this index.
- The financing mechanisms, institutional capacity, adoption of energy efficiency measures and energy savings achieved formed the basis for analysis
- Based on the findings and analysis, the states have been classified under four main categories:
- Front Runner states
- Achiever states
- Contender states
- Aspirant states
Inferences based on the State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index:
- As per the first edition, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan are the Front Runner states.
- Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Haryana have been categorized in the second-best category of ‘achiever’ states.
Energy conservation guidelines for energy-intensive industries:
As a part of the Indo-Japan Energy Dialogue, Energy Conservation Centre of Japan (ECCJ) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) have developed Energy Conservation Guidelines for energy-intensive industries covering both large as well as MSMEs.
- The guidelines for energy-intensive industries will help the industries establish a systematic mechanism for improving the energy efficiency for major energy consuming utilities.
- They would serve as a ready reference for standard and target benchmarked energy performance values for major energy consuming equipment in turn, improving the overall energy performance of the industry.
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