Draft National Energy Policy 2018
NITI Aayog in consultation with knowledge partners, stakeholders, ministries and related departments formulated the Draft National Energy Policy which was discussed at Prime Minister Level in a meeting held on 17 May, 2017. After receiving inputs from public as well as respective ministries, the draft National Energy Policy was revised and has been circulated the ministries for inter-ministerial consultation.
There are four key objectives of National Energy Policy: (a) Access at rational prices; (b) improved security and Independence; (c) Greater Sustainability and Economic Growth; and (d) enhance the competitiveness of the Indian economy and meeting the rising demand efficiently.
Energy Data Management
Work related to improved energy data collection, management and dissemination, a workshop on Energy Data Management among officials of NITI Aayog, Energy related Ministries, International Energy Agency (IEA) and Energy Data Management Agencies in India was held in NITI Aayog on 27th & 28th March, 2018. The discussion in the workshop led to constitution of working groups on energy supply side and demand side. Under the supply side working group four sub groups (Electricity, Coal, Renewable Energy and Oil& Gas) and under demand side working group four sub-groups (Transport, Industry, Agriculture and Buildings) have been constituted. The broad mandate of the sub-groups is to identify to assess the existing data maintained by different agencies/Govt. bodies, identify the gaps, the frequency of collection of data and suggest measures to fill the data gaps, online updation of data, frequency of updation of data. The sub-groups should also suggest the need of statutory requirements, if any for collecting important data from the public, private companies.
GIS based Energy Map
Sustainable Growth Working Group under India-US Energy Dialogue framework led the initiatives of developing integrated and dynamic GIS-based Energy Map of India. In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding between NITI Aayog and ISRO was signed on June 7, 2017, for the development of Geospatial Energy Portal for India. To facilitate the work GIS map development, nodal officers from each ministry (related to energy) have been appointed. ISRO has developed a proto-type of GIS Energy Map for India in 2018.
India Energy Data Dashboard:
Work has been assigned to Prayas Energy for developing energy dashboard. This dashboard contains time series data for energy sector. This is available on the website https://niti.gov.in/edm/. In the second phase of the exercise, NITI Aayog is putting its effort make the energy dashboard much more robust and which will have provision for online updation of data. This will also encompass the GIS mapping of energy which is under finalisation by ISRO.
Strategic Storage of crude oil
A Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog to finalise the report on Construction and filling up of Strategic Petroleum Reserves at different locations Padur, Karnataka (Underground Rock Cavern-2.50 MMT), Chandikhol, Orissa (Underground Rock Cavern-3.75 MMT), Bikaner, Rajasthan (Underground Salt Cavern -3.75 MMT) ,Rajkot, Gujarat (Underground Concrete Tanks 2.50 MMT). The Committee constituted under CEO finalised its recommendation and submitted to PMO.
Clean Cooking Roadmap
NITI Aayog with the help of the Council on Energy, Water and Environment (CEEW) and GIZ, Germany has prepared a draft Roadmap for Clean Cooking Energy for the country and forwarded to Ministries for obtaining their views.
Note on Comparative Analysis of different cooking fuels prepared by NITI Aayog and shared with MoPNG to complement the PMUY scheme and also take view on the clean cooking strategy for the country.
State Renewable Energy Roadmap 2030:
NITI Aayog in consultation with DFID, CII appointed consultants PWC and Deloitte for preparation of state Re-Roadmap for about 10 states (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Assam). The state action plans have been prepared for all the states except Tamilnadu.
NITI Aayog and IEA in association with ADB organized four regional workshops (Southern, Western, Northern, North-Eastern and Eastern Region) in India in April, 2018. These workshops focused on flexible generation and storage solutions to address the issue of grid stability for upcoming Renewable Energy integration. The workshop report was released jointly by NITI Aayog, IEA & ADB on 19th July, 2018.
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Under the bilateral cooperation between NITI Aayog and Government of UK, NITI Aayog has taken up development of state energy calculator for the interested states. In the first phase, three states- Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Assam, were taken up. In order to advance the partnership further, both the Governments intend to extend this collaboration until the end of March 2019. Accordingly, a statement of principles was signed between NITI Aayog and Govt. of UK to supports three more states viz; Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka to develop and use state calculators and strengthening their capacity.
Joint Research Projects between NITI Aayog and Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) and in the process, two research projects on “Establishment of Pan-Asia LNG Market: Potential and Requirements (including hub creation)” and “High Penetration of Renewable Energy in India Techno-Economical Analysis of Balancing Requirement by 2022” were undertaken.
A strategic partnership with Saudi Centre for International Strategic Partnership (SCISP) and NITI Aayog has been established. The partnership has explored twelve economic areas of cooperation in order to foster cooperation. A tentative workshop in Riyadh is scheduled to be held to strengthen the collaboration by meeting prospective companies, agencies and departments from both the countries.
Statement of Intent has been signed between NITI Aayog and Rockefeller Foundation, New York to undertake work related to “Advancing improvements in the scale and quality of electricity access in India to promote economic development”.
In-house- Modelling for better understanding of climate change mitigation policies
To develop in-houses capacity on integrated assessment modelling, NITI Aayog has taken steps of encourage capacity building on developing such models in-house. NITI Aayog has set up an energy model MESSAGEix for India. the basic model set up by NITI Aayog finds that solar penetration in India is highly cost sensitive. Thus the trend of solar costs in India will ensure a higher share of renewable penetration in the power system. The tool has full-fledged integrated model covering multiple nexus.
India Energy Security Scenario-2047
NITI Aayog has undertaken updation of India Energy Security Scenario-2047 and the base year of model has been changed to 2017. The updation exercise is under process and the various ministries and departments have been consulted for this exercise. NITI Aayog is under process to launch the revised version of tool very soon.
State Energy Calculator 2050
NITI Aayog in consultation with British High Commission has developed State Energy Calculators for the state of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam and Karnataka. The State Energy Calculator for the state of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have been launched by their respective Chief Minister.
Andhra Pradesh State Energy Calculator (APSEC, 2050)
On 21st November, 2017, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu launched the Andhra Pradesh State Energy Calculator.
Karnataka State Energy Calculator 2050
On 9th August, 2018, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka Launched State Energy Calculator
Working groups on Energy demand and supply & Energy Efficiency
To specify employment, income opportunities and growth targets for India in the context of India’s Development Agenda @ 75 year, NITI Aayog has constituted a Working Group on Energy Demand and supply and on Energy Efficiency in India by 2022 to assess the current status of Energy Demand through different energy resources, likely demand position and to suggest possible energy efficiency measures by 2022. The Working Group was also mandated to identify the various constraints pertaining to energy efficiency and in demand and supply sector. The report of the WG was finalised.
Developing State Energy Index
Energy Vertical has initiated related to development of the State Energy Index, to compare the energy accessibility, affordability and sustainability across all Indian states and UTs. The index comprises of 20 indicators under four broad categories - “access, affordability & reliability”, “clean initiatives”, “energy & efficiency” and “DISCOM’s viability & competition”. It will provide the states and concerned central ministries/ departments to a ready reckoner of useful information which in turn would empower them to formulate and implement suitable strategies. In order to enhance the reach and capacity building, the World Bank has been roped in to provide the technical assistance. They would assist providing technical support and coming up with the rank-based analytical report. All the stakeholders have been consulted to provide their comments on the preliminary set of indicators and accordingly requisite changes have been made.
Committee to analyse and suggest mechanism to provide agriculture subsidy on area basis through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) by eliminating input based subsidies like power, fertilizer and other inputs was constituted under Chairmanship of Dr. Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture), NITI, under the direction of Prime Minister Office. The report of the committee is under finalization.
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The work related to Energy Sector Schemes (for Output-Outcome Budget 2018-19) monitoring in collaboration with DEMO team. The key parameters for monitoring have been developed by Energy Vertical.
The Energy Vertical coordinates with Energy Ministries for updation of NITI Aayog Dashboard on Energy Sector (Coal, Petroleum, Power and Renewable) for review by Hon’ble Prime Minister on quarterly basis.
Vertical was represented in various committees: (i) optimal energy mix in power generation on medium and long term basis constituted by Ministry of Power/ Central Electricity Authority; (ii) to formulate long term strategy for giving concessional power for value addition of new materials constituted by Ministry of Power/ Central Electricity Authority; (iii) Committee on Transmission (NCT) constituted by Ministry of Power for encouraging competition in development of transmission projects.
Various energy sector related proposals and provided feedback to respective ministries on the proposals of Standing Finance Commission (SFC), Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC), Detailed Project Report (DPRs), Public Investments Board (PIB), Cabinet Notes, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Notes, Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECS), Committee of Secretaries (CoS) notes, etc.
Vertical was represented by in various committees and provided inputs/comments for designing long term policy and programs, estimating demands, etc. pertaining to Petroleum & Natural Gas, power, Coal and Renewable Energy Sectors. Such groups include Standing Scientific Research Committee (SSRC), Inter-Ministerial Group on allotment of Coal blocks, Standing Linkage Committee (Long-term) for Coal Supply to Power Stations, Cement Plant, etc.