Recently, NITI Aayog has launched State Energy and Climate Index Round One in New Delhi.
Key Findings of State Energy and Climate Index
- The states have been categorized based on size and geographical differences as larger states, smaller states, and UTs.
- Gujarat, Kerala and Punjab have been adjudged as top three performer states.
- Top three smaller states are Goa, Tripura and Manipur.
- Top Three UTs: Chandigarh, Delhi, Daman & Diu/Dadra & Nagar Haveli
- The report aims to rank States and Union Territories on six parameters.
- These are
- Discoms’ Performance,
- Access, Affordability and Reliability of Energy,
- Clean Energy Initiatives,
- Energy Efficiency,
- Environmental Sustainability
- New initiatives.
- The parameters are further divided into 27 indicators. Based on the composite SECI Round I score, the states and UTs are categorized into three groups: Front Runners, Achievers, and Aspirants.
Significance of State Energy and Climate Index
- There is a need to convert our efforts towards achieving the ‘Panchamrit’ targets announced by the hon’ble PM at COP-26, Glasgow into a peoples’ movement.
- In order to do this, the role of the States is going to be critical. Governance innovation and mutual learning by states shall go a long way in improving outcomes and SECI Round I is the right step in this direction.
- Achieving the ambitious climate targets would require a conducive policy environment to encourage investment.
- State Energy & Climate Index Round-I will help initiate a dialogue with the states on the energy sector so that much required policy improvements can be made.
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