Govt reforms agenda for energy sector in direction: AEEE

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 31 2014, 21:59pm hrs
The Union Budget 2014-2015 saw more than Rs 1,000 crore allocated to clean energy initiatives with a strong emphasis on addressing supply side inefficiencies. The Alliance of an Enerygy Efficient Economy (AEEE) is aimed at promoting energy efficiency markets and policies in India. It is a not-for-profit membership driven association which provides a common platform for energy efficiency enablers, technology, equipment and service providers and end users to collaborate and address barriers of EE policy deployment and market transformation in India.

In an interview with the Financialexpress.com, AEEE's President- Dr Koshy Cherail highlights the association's methodologies to meet and combat the energy efficiency challenges faced by corporates today.

In what all aspects is AEEE helping the companies in the energy efficiency front

Koshy Cherail: AEEE, being a member-based organization, has members across energy sectors. AEEE provides a platform to organizations to convene and work together on energy efficiency and clean energy. We have been always propagating the reduction in the energy costs and increased efficiency when clean and energy efficiency measures are integrated. AEEE has showcased the efforts of its member companies and their leadership role in market catalyst for developing leadership in conserving energy and using renewable energy resources.

What is AEEEs suggestions for the new government

A: The Government is committed to growth and development, and addresses the barriers that have emerged in recent years. Growth should be delinked from a commensurate increase in energy consumption, especially of conventional fuels oil, coal and electricity produced from these.

The reforms envisage in the energy sector, seems to be in the right direction. This is important as Indias economic environment will act as a catalyst in reviving the global economy. Indias economic growth, if based on the right mix of energy sources, energy efficiency, and clean energy, can act as a driver to rapid technology development of these technologies. Further India is committed to leverage the IT revolution and high percentage of trained manpower and engineering and technology skills available in India to lift the population from poverty and create demand for goods and services. Clarity on policy and a commitment to strong action is needed that will help the energy industry to play a supportive role with the government in enabling Indias all-round growth.

Decentralized power generation, in the remote locations where the grid cannot be extended, should be based on renewable energy to provide these regions with access to clean and reliable energy.

What are your expectations from Intersolar India 2014 How would Intersolar India 2014 benefit industry professionals

A: Intersolar India should open new opportunities in the solar industry. The exhibition and conference will hopefully, bring experts and thought leaders from Solar Industry, as well as those practitioners and adopters who can integrate solar energy in the Indian development roadmap. Intersolar India should be an ideal platform to launch new products and business models to strengthen the new and emerging markets. With strong international representation at the conference will give new opportunities to learn more about future industry trends. The event should provide an excellent platform for thousands of international companies to meet with and develop partnerships.

AEEE hope that the linkages for Solar energy (both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal) with energy efficient technologies, will be strengthened, through the Intersolar India 2014 platform.

How is AEEE contributing to the Solar Mission

A: AEEE has been promoting deployment of clean technologies, energy access for the marginalized and market transformation. Solar Mission integrated with NMEEE (National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency) will give a boost to efficient resource management in the Indian economy. Most of the countrys energy demand and supply gap can be bridged if a two pronged approach is implemented. AEEE has been supporting and partnering events such as Intersolar India 2014, and is drawing parallel lessons and experiences from both the sectors to accelerate sustainable business and to create a range of opportunities from white to green collar jobs.