In the recent report, Rajasthan has registered 61 points, which is a drastic rise from the score of 18.5 at the SEEI 2019. Rajasthan ranks 2nd after Karnataka in terms of energy efficiency. at the State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2020 released by the Ministry of Power.
SEEI 2020 has assessed the performance of 36 states and Union territories in energy efficiency (EE) using 68 qualitative, quantitative, and outcome-based indicators aggregating to a maximum score of 100 across six sectors.
The index is developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in association with Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE). The first such Index was launched in August 2018.
The SEEI assesses the states in four categories of Aspirant with a score below 30 points, Contenders with a score between 30-50, Achievers with a score of 50-60, and the Frontrunners with above 60 points score.
Dr. Subodh Agarwal, ACS Energy, Government of Rajasthan said “It is a major leap for Rajasthan and has been possible due to focused approach and policy initiatives of the state government. The Solar Energy Policy 2019, and the Wind and Hybrid Energy Policy 2019 have emerged as a major facilitator for harnessing the natural advantage Rajasthan holds in the renewable energy sector,”.
He credited the state’s achievement in SEEI 2020 to the vision of honorable Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to establish Rajasthan as a power hub of India.
BD Kalla, Energy Minister of Rajasthan has been closely monitoring the implementation of policies and execution of required procedures, said an official release.
Rajasthan is the only state to have constituted an ECBC cell in its Public Works Department (PWD) which is supported by the state fund operating under the guidance of the Chief Architect, PWD. It reported a measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) mechanism for evaluating DSM programs. The Rajasthan State Development Authority organizes the Rajasthan Energy Conservation Awards (RECA) every year for five sectors and fifty sub-sectors. It has appointed dedicated agencies to conduct periodic energy audits of street lighting, water and sewerage infrastructure, and water treatment systems.
Source: The Hindu, The Business Standard