Integrated Energy Policy

Integrated Energy Policy has placed heavy emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation, with particular focus on efficiency of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and end-use. Specifically for the building sector, following areas have been identified where significant energy savings can be achieved:

  • Electricity generation, transmission and distribution;
  • Water pumping;
  • Building design;
  • Construction;
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning;
  • Lighting;
  • Household appliances.

The policy recommends awards, incentives, penalties, regulatory energy efficiency programs, and awareness programs to guarantee the successful adoption of energy efficiency measures in these sectors.

Recommended initiatives

    • Benchmarking (minimum energy consumption and best practices) for buildings and industries.
    • Revision of procurement policies for equipment and products in public buildings from lowest initial cost to minimum annualised life cycle cost.
    • Implementation of time of day (TOD) tariff.
    • Grid interconnection for cogeneration.
    • Strengthening of labeling scheme for equipment and appliances.
    • Energy efficiency programs for lighting, pumps, motors, solar hot water systems and other equipment.
    • Daylight saving time.
    • Compulsory Energy audits for facilities with more than 1 MW load.
    • Financial and regulatory support for energy service companies (ESCOs).
    • Provision for allowing utilities to factor cost of energy efficiency infrastructure in tariffs.

Recommendations for robust institutional framework

    • Testing laboratories for efficient equipment.
    • Independent third party verification systems.
    • Energy efficiency/ demand side management cells at utilities.