India extends energy efficiency programme with Swiss gov


The agreement by the two countries to extend their building energy efficient programme, Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP), was signed by Andreas Baum, ambassador of Switzerland to India and Shir Raj Pal, economic advisor for the Indian government.

The timeline of the BEEP will stretch through to 2021 to ensure India continue to achieve the stability of its grid network by reducing energy consumption in buildings especially during peak demand periods.

The BEEP was introduced by the two countries in 2011 to encourage innovation in the energy efficiency sector through knowledge sharing and joint research and implementation of buildings energy conservation measures.

The programme was due to end this November and is implemented through the India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Swiss Agency for Construction and Technologies.

The extension of the initiative is expected to help India increase integration of renewable energy resources with its grid network for grid reliability and reduced carbon emissions.

The two parties are confident they will collaborate to meet India’s growing power demand due to rising industrial activities and population.

[quote] Under the extended programme, Switzerland will equip owners, managers and developers of buildings with knowledge on energy conservation through hosting of workshops in India.

The programme will provide smart grid solution providers, startup companies and research institutions with technical assistance in developing building energy efficiency solutions.

The programme will be used to guide the Indian government at both national and provincial level on how improve its energy efficiency market through policy implementation.

The second phase of BEEP will ensure stakeholders are equipped with the results of the first phase to ensure technologies used in the first phase are deployed at mass scale.

Building energy efficiency adoption

In mid-October, India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) signed a deal with the Ministry of Urban Development to enhance energy conservation and ensure grid reliability.

Under the agreement, EESL and the Ministry of Urban Development will supply and deploy the latest energy efficiency technologies at municipal level in cities selected to benefit from the country’s Smart Cities Mission.

The Smart Cities Mission is an initiative designed by the Indian government under prime minister Narendra Modi, to deploy smart city technologies to modernise the infrastructure of 100 cities to ensure qualify of life in India.

The two parties will focus on helping water utilities and public lighting operators reduce their energy usage and costs to optimise their operations.

For water utilities, the energy efficiency programmes will ensure replacement of existing water pumps and sewage systems with energy efficient models.EESL will provide maintenance services in addition to arranging and providing funding for installation of energy efficiency technologies and equipment.

The Pune Municipal Corporation is amongst the first cities to benefit from the Municipal Energy Efficiency programme, reported a local publication.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.