Rajasthan has ranked 2nd after Karnataka on the State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2020, which was released by the Union Ministry of Power.
- The State Energy Efficiency Index 2020 was developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE).
Top 5 States and Progress Comparison:
|Rank||State||SEEI 2020 Score||SEEI 2019 Score|
Rajasthan: It has scored 61 points in SEEI 2020, which is a major rise from the SEEI 2019 score of 18.5. This improvement was due to the focused approach and policy initiatives of the state government such as Solar Energy Policy 2019 and the Wind and Hybrid Energy Policy 2019.
SEEI 2020 Key Assessments:
i.In SEEI 2020, 27 states and UTs improved their scores from SEEI 2019. Karnataka and Rajasthan were in the ‘Front runner’ category, having scored 70 and 61 out of 100.
ii.Under SEEI 2020, each state/UT has been classified as a Front runner, Achiever, Contender, and Aspirant based on their scores.
iii.SEEI 2020 State/Ut classification as per category:
(score above 60 points)
(score in the range of 50-60)
Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana
(score in the range of 30-49.5)
Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh
(score below 30 points)
The remaining States and UTs
iv.7 states such as Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu have improved their scores by more than 10 points.
v.The most improved states in SEEI 2020 are Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
Note – In SEEI 2019 there was no state in the ‘Front runner’ category.
About SEEI 2020:
i.The SEEI 2020 provides each state and UT with insights on focus areas for energy efficiency (EE) and guidance for states on how to allocate the necessary resources to energy efficiency in the states’ high priority sectors while planning and implementing a green recovery strategy.
ii.SEEI 2020 assesses states and UTs performance in energy efficiency (EE) from April 2019 to March 2020 using 68 indicators across 6 sectors such as Buildings, Industry, Municipalities, Transport, Agriculture & distribution companies (DISCOMs), and Cross-Sector initiatives.
Note- Between 2005 and 2014, India had already reduced emission intensity by 21 percent.
About Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE):
It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
Establishment – 2002 (under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001)
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
Director General – Abhay Bakre