Andhra Pradesh leads in energy efficiency

VIJAYAWADA: The (BEE) is now taking the help of Andhra Pradesh to implement its five-pronged strategy to make India an . The BEE has invited AP to showcase its best practices in first-ever energy efficiency training week for India in collaboration with (IEA) in Delhi. The programme is aimed at building capacity among Indian policy makers at all levels of governance.

Abhay Bhakre, director-general of BEE, has praised AP for its “excellent performance on energy efficiency front at national level. The primary energy demand in India is expected to increase from 770 million toe (tonne of oil equivalent) in 2012 to 1500 million toe by 2030.

According to an official release here on Friday, Abhay Bhakre invited Andhra Pradesh to participate and showcase its best practices on the energy efficiency front from December 10. In a teleconference with principal secretary for Energy Ajay Jain and other officials, Bhakre said that as a front runner state in energy efficiency index, Andhra Pradesh was exhibiting excellent performance at national level.

“AP is working with a passion towards implementing energy efficiency measures and has become a role model for other states by implementing programmes like . We are inviting AP to participate in the first-ever energy efficiency training week for India and asking to share its best practices with others,” Bhakre said.

Stressing the need of implementing energy efficiency measures on a priority basis in all states, Bhakre said the primary energy demand in India has grown from about 450 million tons of oil equivalent (toe) in 2000 to about 770 million toe in 2012. It is expected to increase to somewhere between 1250 (estimated by IEA) and 1500 million toe by 2030, he said.

The average annual energy supply in India in 2011 was only 0.6 toe per capita, whereas the global average was 1.88 toe per capita. In this connection, he said, the BEE had drawn a 3-year action plan in the past to present a set of concrete activities which would enhance the energy savings to 10% by 2018.
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