Bureau of Energy Efficiency

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Recently, 22nd Foundation Day of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency was celebrated in New Delhi where the union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister commends BEE for its innovative and world-leading programmes and released the State Energy Efficiency Index 2023.

About Bureau of Energy Efficiency

  • It was established in 2002 under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
  • Objective: The primary objective of BEE is to reduce energy intensity in the Indian economy.
  • Function and Duties
    • It coordinates with designated consumers, designated agencies and other organizations; recognizes, identifies and utilizes the existing resources and infrastructure, in performing the functions assigned to it under the Energy Conservation Act.
    • The EC Act provides for regulatory and pro­motional functions which are assigned to the organisation.
  • Regulatory functions
    • Develop minimum energy performance standards for equipment and appliances under Standards and Labelling
    • Develop minimum energy performance standards for Commercial Buildings
    • Develop Energy Consumption Norms for Designated Consumers
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Power

State Energy Efficiency Index 2023

  • It is the fifth edition of The State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI), initiated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), in association with Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy.
  • It is to evaluate the annual progress of energy efficiency implementation in the states.
  • It identifies and addresses gaps concerning state-level energy efficiency policies, programmes, and investments.
  • It assesses the performance of 36 states and UTs using 65 qualitative, quantitative, and outcome-based indicators measures distributed across seven demand sectors: buildings, industry, municipal services, transport, agriculture, electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs), and cross-sector initiatives.
  • In SEEI 2023, the states and UTs are categorized as ‘Front runner’ (>=60), ‘Achiever’ (50-59.75), ‘Contender’ (30-49.75), and ‘Aspirant’ (<30) based on their total scores.
  • Furthermore, to enable peer-to-peer comparison of performance, all the states and UTs are classified into four groups based on their total final energy consumption (TFEC): Group 1 (>15 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE)), Group 2 (5-15 MTOE), Group 3 (1-5 MTOE), and Group 4 (<1 MTOE).
  • The top-performing states in each group are Karnataka (Group 1), Andhra Pradesh (Group 2), Assam (Group 3), and Chandigarh (Group 4).

Q1) What is Renewable energy?

It is energy derived from natural sources that are replenished at a higher rate than they are consumed. Sunlight and wind, for example, are such sources that are constantly being replenished. Renewable energy sources are plentiful and all around us.

Source: 22nd Foundation Day of Bureau of Energy Efficiency Celebrated; Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister commends BEE for its innovative and world-leading programmes