Gujarat tops NITI Aayog’s State Energy and Climate Index (SECI) with a score of 50.1 points in the larger states category.
Kerala and Punjab are in second and third place respectively. While Goa is at the top of the small states category followed by Tripura and Manipur.
According to NITI Aayog, the State Energy and Climate Index is the first index to track the efforts of states and UTs in the climate and energy sector.
It is hoped that an in-depth analysis of individual states will help improve services on various energy parameters. These parameters have been developed in view of India’s climate change and clean energy transition goals.
State Energy and Climate Index includes affordability, accessibility, efficiency, DISCOM’s performance and climate friendliness of all forms of energy. This index is expected to align with international indices spanning the entire energy value chain.
As DISCOMS are the important link in the entire energy value chain, their performance is given a higher weight (40 percent) in the overall index. The financial viability and performance aspects of DISCOMS have been taken into account to encourage competition between states. Other parameters such as ‘energy access, affordability and reliability’, ‘clean energy initiatives’, ‘energy efficiency’, ‘environmental sustainability’ and ‘new initiatives’ have been given weights of 15 percent, 15 percent, 6 percent and 12 percent, respectively. 12 percent.
NITI Aayog said Index will track the performance of states in the energy and climate sector. The findings will help states to take timely corrective actions for better management to meet citizens’ expectations.
The overall objective of the index is to develop healthy competition among states to outperform and provide quality energy services to users in their states.
The scores and ranks are listed by major states, minor states, and UTs. The final score shows that the larger states of Gujarat, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra fall under the category of frontrunners. The states like Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar are achievers and the rest of the states are aspirants.
The highest score of 50.1 was achieved by Gujarat, followed by Kerala and Punjab with scores of 49.1 and 48.6 respectively.
The lowest score of 31.7 was achieved by Chhattisgarh and from the parameters score it can be seen that the state has not performed well in clean energy initiatives, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and new initiatives.
The achievements of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa provide more room for improvement in clean energy initiatives, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and new initiatives.
While Gujarat is the top performing state, its environmental sustainability performance and new initiatives need to be improved. The SECI score for states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh was observed to be in the range of 40-45, the NITI Aayog report said.
The final SECI score shows that of the smaller states, Goa and Tripura are the frontrunners, Manipur is the better performer and that the other smaller states fall into the category of aspirants. The highest score of 51.4 was achieved by Goa and the lowest score of 27 by Arunachal
Pradesh. Tripura with a score of 58.7 is the best performing in all of India in terms of the new initiative parameter.
All small states average in the environmental sustainability and accessibility, affordability and reliability categories with scores in the range of 55-40 and 60-30, respectively.
In the third category of UTs, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh, Delhi and Puducherry perform better and are among the leaders with 53.2, 55.7, 55.6 and 48.5 respectively. Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobars and Lakshadweep fall in the category of aspirants with scores of 29.3, 29.4 and 26.9 respectively.
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