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Energy Efficiency in India
History and Overview

Energy Efficiency in India
History and Overview

Authors Reshmi Vasudevan Dr. Koshy Cherail Cdr. Ramesh Bhatia Nisha Jayaram

December 2011

Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy

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Foreword
India’s substantial and sustained economic growth is placing an enormous demand on its energy resources. The gap between electricity supply and demand in terms of both capacity (i.e. kW) and energy (i.e. kWh) has been steadily growing. Consequently, energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy is essential to enable the decoupling the economic growth from energy supply growth, while ensuring that energy service demands are met. The Government of India has initiated a comprehensive programme to significantly enhance availability of energy at an affordable price to meet the growing needs of the economy. While capacity addition has been a major focus, energy efficiency along with renewable energy and nuclear energy are the thrust areas to ensure sustainable development. Accordingly, enabling energy efficiency policies have been put in place with an aim to create appropriate conditions for a robust market to function and unlock the estimated potential of around 20%. The enactment of the Energy Conservation Act 2001 has led to the implementation of various Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management programmes in different sectors of the economy. These programmes seek to accelerate the diffusion and adoption of energy efficient products, services and best practices, through a combination of regulatory “push” and demand “pull” initiatives, coupled with innovative business models and technical and institutional capacity building. Documentation of the energy efficiency interventions in India will help provide insight into the lessons learnt, as well as identify the roadmap ahead. The compendium being brought out by Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) under the aegis of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation will be a reflection of the Indian industry’s experience in the sustainable transition towards energy efficiency. I compliment AEEE on bringing out this document. I am sure that this compilation, through the sharing of experience and lessons, will provide further impetus for the rapid adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices.

Ajay Mathur, Ph.D
Director General, BUREAU OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY (Ministry of Power, Government of India)

About AEEE
Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) is an industry association that provides a common platform for energy efficiency stakeholders. Over a short period, since its formation in 2008, AEEE has carved out a niche as an advocate and think tank in energy efficiency and clean energy debates. AEEE addresses barriers to EE implementation through policy research; facilitating market transformation; fostering technology innovations; capacity building of energy professionals; and stimulating financial investments. AEEE has supported government policy formulation in Measurement & Verification, Demand Side Management, and in developing performance and quality assurance systems and approaches. AEEE programmes and initiatives have complemented the efforts of peer associations on focused...
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