New Delhi: Gujarat has topped among large states in NITI Aayog’s State Energy and Climate Index-Round 1 (SECI), which aims to rank states and union territories (UTs) on six parameters including performance, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of discoms. Ranking. According to the report of the government think tank, Gujarat is followed by Kerala and Punjab. States like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand were placed at the bottom. Among the smaller states, Goa topped the Commission’s index, followed by Tripura and Manipur. Among the Union Territories (UTs), Chandigarh tops the index, followed by Delhi and Daman and Diu/Dadra and Nagar Haveli (D&D and D&N).
Punjab was the best performer among large states in DISCOM performance parameters, while Kerala emerged as the top performer in access, affordability and reliability category among large states. Similarly, Haryana was the best performer in terms of clean energy initiatives among large states, while Tamil Nadu emerged as the top performer in the energy efficiency category. The index is based on the figures of 2019-20. Releasing the report, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said that this index which compares states and union territories across multiple indicators will encourage them towards energy transition, and all necessary steps should be taken to achieve this. . Kumar further said that there is a need to convert the country’s efforts into a mass movement towards achieving the ‘Panchamrut’ goals announced by the Prime Minister at COP-26, Glasgow.
NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat said that synergy and partnership between the Center and the states will be important to achieve energy and climate related goals and make the country self-reliant in the energy sector. He said that after extensive discussions with the stakeholders, several key parameters have been identified in this report to track and rank the performance of the states. The report said state governments need to prioritize policies to facilitate inclusive growth by providing affordable, accessible, reliable and sustainable energy to citizens. Energy is the focal point of any development process, the government needs to ensure access to sustainable and clean energy sources through various schemes.
State Energy and Climate Index (SECI) Round-1 ranks states and union territories on six parameters – performance of discoms; access affordability and energy reliability; Clean Energy Initiative; energy efficiency; environmental sustainability; and new initiatives. These parameters comprise a total of 27 indicators based on the result of SECI Round-1 score, states and union territories have been classified into three groups – Front Runners, Achievers and Aspirants. The index can be used by states and union territories to benchmark their performance against their peers, analyze potential challenges to develop better policy mechanisms, and manage their energy resources efficiently.