Energy efficiency and Andhra Pradesh
Nov 17, 2016
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The World Bank has ranked Andhra Pradesh as number one in ‘Energy Efficiency Implementation Readiness’ with an overall score of 42.01 followed by Rajasthan (41.89), Karnataka (39.34) and Maharashtra (39.29).
- Kerala, Gujarat, NCT Delhi, Punjab, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh are the other states in the top ten ranking in that order.
- The ranking figures in a study report of the World Bank titled: ‘India’s State Level Energy Efficiency Implementation Reediness’
- According to World Bank the index-based evaluation will benchmark the readiness of Indian States for energy efficiency implementation and will reveal critical deficits or barriers.
- ‘Effective implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation activities’ of the State, Annual Energy Savings in a span of two years with adoption of emerging LED technology in domestic and urban street lighting sectors pushed the state to number one.
- The study suggests adoption of achievable energy savings targets against the identified energy efficiency interventions and set a timeframe to pursue these targets.
- It calls upon the states to endeavour to bring sector-specific energy efficiency policies with definite goals and time-bound action plans. This can be reinforced by introducing necessary legislation.
- The World Bank has pegged India's energy efficiency market at Rs 1.6 lakh crore, four times the Rs 44,000 crore in 2010 against the backdrop of the success of the government's UJALA scheme to distribute LED bulbs.
- According to WB, “he success of UJALA has reinforced stakeholder confidence in the promise of DSM (demand side management) and re-established the utility DSM market potential from Rs 44,000 crore estimated in 2010 to Rs 1.6 lakh crore by considering the end use energy efficiency opportunities alone.”