With the growth of economy, demand for energy has grown substantially & the high level of energy intensity in some of the major sectors is a matter of concern. In all sectors of the economy improving energy efficiency before increasing energy supply is generally the more economically and environmentally efficient national strategy. The emphasis for the future is to look for technologies to promote energy efficiency, demand side management and conservation. The success of Government’s plan lies with effective policy framework, implementation and promotion of energy efficiency initiatives. The Energy Conservation Act, 2001; created Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) which was assigned a quasi-regulatory role looking after policy advisory and a catalyst to promote energy efficiency in the country. Energy efficiency assumes significance for the nation in the current environment of shortages and concerns over climate change. It is a win-win situation for all – for facility owners increased energy efficiency means availability of more resources and for nations energy efficiency offers a number of benefits including improved use of natural resources, reducing energy imports, improved balance of trade, conservation of foreign exchange, reduced capital requirement for new energy production facilities, and reduced environmental pollution from energy use, and production. It offers enormous promise for a robust market to exist under the PPP model (Energy Service Company (ESCO) based). Recognizing the fact that efficient use of energy and its conservation is the least-cost option to meet the increasing energy demand; Government of MP has designated MPUVN as State designated agency in 2004 and setup Energy Management Cell (presently under Department of New and Renewable Energy- GoMP) to give impetus on promotion and popularization of energy efficient technologies.
Energy Management Cell has chosen to focus on efficient game changer technology transformations and shift in policy framework to make up the sustainability deficit that has been accumulated & move towards a clean-green future. The cell aim's to make a difference in how policy is crafted and implemented, we translate the research insight into practical, realistic and cost-effective options that can be taken up by policy-makers at all levels. We are mandated to foster Research, development, demonstration and popularization of sustainable, equitable and energy efficient systems suitable for our developing economy. We strive to create energy literate citizens who are capable of making wise energy choices. Besides implementing all Government sponsored programs and projects in this sector MPUVN, creates awareness about the benefits of energy conservation and renewable energy among users of various forms of energy. We commit to reduce energy intensity in the Indian economy & have identified following thrust areas: Energy Conservation in Industry, Demand-side Management, Standards and Labeling for Electrical Products, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Energy Conservation Building Codes, Energy Audits and Management Certification, Manuals and Codes, Energy Efficiency Policy Research, Incorporating Renewable Energy in School Education, Delivery Mechanism for Efficiency Services. Our scope of activities also includes implementing various schemes for meeting the energy needs of rural areas and promoting industrial and commercial projects for using non-conventional power. It is required to strengthen delivery mechanism for energy efficiency services in the state and provides the much-needed coordination between the various entities. Energy saving is a national cause and all of us will have to join hands and make all out efforts in making India an energy efficient economy and society so that not only we remain competitive within our own market but also are able to compete in the international market.