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PIB Daily – 11th January 2020 – IASToppers

IEA Review of India`s Energy Policies; International Energy Agency; State Energy Efficiency Index 2019; Bureau of Energy Efficiency; etc.
By IASToppers
January 11, 2020


Government Schemes & Policies

  • Review of India`s Energy Policies

Environment, Ecology & Disaster Management

  • State of Energy Efficiency Index 2019
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Government Schemes & Policies

 Review of India`s Energy Policies

IEA Launches First In-depth Review of India’s Energy Policies

Review of India`s Energy Policies

About the report:

  • NITI Aayog and International Energy Agency (IEA) released the first in-depth review of India’s energy policies.

Review of India`s Energy Policies 1

  • India has been an IEA member since March 2017.
  • IEA regularly conducts in-depth reviews of energy policies for its member and association countries. This is the first review carried out for India, which has been an IEA-association country since March 2017.


  • The IEA report congratulates the Indian government for:
    • Extending citizens’ access to electricity, affordable efficient lighting and clean cooking in record time through schemes like SAUBHAGYA, UJALA and UJJWALA.
    • Pursuing energy market reforms and the swift deployment of renewable technologies.
  • The report highlights the strong growth of renewables in India, which now accounts for almost 23% of the country’s total installed capacity.
  • As per the report, the country’s demand for energy is set to double by 2040, while its electricity demand may triple.
  • Indian oil consumption is expected to grow faster than that of any other major economy.
  • Energy efficiency improvements in India avoided 15% of additional energy demand, oil and gas imports, and air pollution as well as 300 million tonnes of CO2 emissions between 2000 and 2018.


  • Building strong regulators to ensure non-discriminatory access.
  • Moving from state allocation to market pricing.
  • Rationalizing energy subsidies.
  • Smoother integration of renewable energy into the power grid.
  • The institutionalisation of energy policy coordination across government with a national energy policy framework.
  • NITI Aayog can play a strong role in working with the states to implement power sector reforms, advance grid integration, improve flexibility and coordinate energy policy decisions.

International Energy Agency

  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) is a Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization established in the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis.

International Energy Agency

  • The Governing Board is the main decision-making body of the IEA, composed of energy ministers or their senior representatives from each member country.
  • The IEA does not dispense grants or make loans.
  • The IEA has 30 member countries and 8 Association countries.
  • To focus on the “3Es” of effectual energy policy: (i) Energy security, (ii) Economic development and (iii) Environmental protection
[Ref: PIB]


Environment, Ecology & Disaster Management

State Energy Efficiency Index 2019.

The Ministry of Power released the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019.

State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 has been released


  • State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 index was 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 2018.
  • The index tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency (EE) initiatives in 36 states and union territories based on 97 significant indicators.
  • It incorporates qualitative, quantitative and outcome-based indicators to assess energy efficiency initiatives, programs and outcomes in five distinct sectors – buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture, and DISCOMs. The new indicators incorporated for the 2019 index are the adoption of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2017, energy efficiency in MSME clusters, etc. 

About State Energy Efficiency Index 2019


  • States/UTs are grouped into four groups based on aggregated Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES) required to meet the state’s actual energy demand (electricity, coal, oil, gas, etc.) across sectors.
  • These are ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’
  • Haryana, Kerala and Karnataka which have topped the rankings and are in the ‘Achiever’ category. There is isn’t any Front Runner state for the 2019 rankings.
  • Moreover, Karnataka, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry led their groups. Manipur, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Rajasthan performed the worst in each of their groups.


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  • Reduce India`s energy footprint.
  • Formulate energy-efficient policies at the state and local levels.
  • Nudge states to contribute towards national goals on energy security and climate action.
  • Institutionalising the process of data capture and monitoring of energy-efficient activities by states.


  • Bureau of Energy Efficiency was established by the Government of India on March 1, 2002, under the provision of Energy Conservation Act, 2001.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency

  • BEE is a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
  • It is assisted in developing policies and strategies with the primary objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy.
  • BEE coordinates with designated consumers, designated agencies, and other organization to identify and utilize the existing resources and infrastructure, in performing the functions assigned to it under the energy conservation act.
  • To promote energy efficiency and conservation, BEE introduced star rating system (varying from 1-5) for various electrical appliances such as air conditioners, ceiling fans, colour televisions, etc., based on their power consumption.
  • The star rating system is a labelling system, under which the manufacturer is required to place a label indicating how much electricity the appliance is likely to consume under pre-set conditions.
[Ref: PIB, The Hindu]
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