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What is the News?
NITI Aayog has released the State Energy and Climate Index-(SECI) Round 1.
What is State Energy and Climate Index-(SECI)?
Released by: NITI Aayog
Objectives: The objectives of the index are:
– Ranking the States based on their efforts towards improving energy access, energy consumption, energy efficiency, and safeguarding the environment;
– Helping drive the agenda of the affordable, accessible, efficient and clean energy transition at the State level;
– Encouraging healthy competition among the states on different dimensions of energy and climate.
Parameters: The index ranks states and union territories on six parameters — 1) discoms performance, 2) access affordability and reliability of energy, 3) clean energy initiatives, 4) energy efficiency, 5) environmental sustainability and 6) new initiatives.
Categorization: The states have been categorized based on size and geographical differences as larger states, smaller states, and UTs.
What are the key findings of the index?
Larger States: Gujarat has topped the index among larger states. Gujarat was followed by Kerala and Punjab.
– States like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand were placed at the bottom.
Smaller States: Goa has topped the index, followed by Tripura and Manipur.
UTs: Chandigarh, Delhi, Daman & Diu/Dadra & Nagar Haveli are the top performers.
What is the significance of the index?
The index can be used by the states and UTs to benchmark their performance against their peers, analyze the potential challenges to develop better policy mechanisms and efficiently manage their energy resources.
What is India’s Performance in Global Energy Indices?
Source: This post is based on the article “Launch Event of the State Energy and Climate Index Round 1” published in PIB on 11th April 2022.