State-Specific Energy Efficiency Action Plan on Anvil
Work is expected to start soon on the preparation of a “State Specific Energy Efficiency Action Plan” (SEEAP) for Kerala under a National Energy Efficiency Framework promoted by the Bureau of energy efficiency (EEB).
An important feature of SEEAP is that it will have sectoral energy efficiency targets which are set in consultation with the state government. The preparation of the action plan is gaining importance at a time when Kerala is simultaneously grappling with a coal crisis-induced power shortage and a surge in energy demand across multiple sectors.
In February this year, the BEE had written to the States recommending the creation of SEEAP with sectoral objectives. The BEE has identified the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to prepare the plan in the Tate. In April, the State Electricity Department issued orders appointing the Director of the Kerala Energy Management Center (EMC) as the “nodal point” to ensure timely preparation of the action plan. . The agencies are expected to hold their first meeting this month, EMC officials said.
BEE will assist the states in preparing the state-specific plan and achieving the goals. ”The SEEAP will be aligned with the achievement of a common goal of energy intensity and emission reductions to achieve the defined targets and will be developed by identifying the priority sector, in order to ensure that the allocation of resources is in line with the requirements of the state,” noted the Power Department in an order issued in April.
EMC, which is a state government agency, is engaged in promoting energy efficiency in different sectors of the state, including households, industry, and the agricultural sector. In Kerala, the transport sector is expected to become a priority area for energy efficiency with the increasing focus on electric mobility.
Kerala ranked fourth in “Energy Efficiency” and fifth in “Clean Energy Initiatives” among major states according to the State Energy and Climate Index (Round 1) released by NITI Aayog on last month.