HYDERABAD: The State Energy Efficiency Index was recently released by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), in association with Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE). Telangana marked its presence in the efficient use of energy under the categories of Transport and Industry.
The Index grouped states based on their state aggregated Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES) required to meet the states’ actual energy demand in order to make the rankings more rational. Telangana was placed in Group II along with Haryana, Kerala, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand.
Under the ‘Municipalities’ section of the Index, where Telangana stood first in Group II, only Assam, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have set an energy saving target for municipal services. All these targets are specifically for Energy Efficient (EE) street lighting except for the state of Tamil Nadu, where an overall target has been set. Telangana stood third in EE in Transport sector as the state had performed well in various state initiatives for electric mobility and energy efficiency measures in State Road Transport Corporations and government businesses. Telangana had also published a draft Electric Vehicle (EV) policy. According to the Index, 20 states and all Union Territories (UTs) have notified establishment of Nodal Agencies for the promotion of charging infrastructure for EVs.
Telangana stood fourth in the ‘cross sector energy efficiency’ section of the Index. The highest score of five was awarded to Kerala and Odisha. Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh were other top-performing states in the section. The main differentiators in the top performing states are initiatives taken with respect to strengthening of communication with the State Energy Department, a greater focus on creating awareness, and focus on R&D activity related to energy efficiency.