India Energy: A Little Planning Goes a Long Way – March 2014
British High Commission New Delhi
The Government of India launches its first long term energy planning tool based on DECC’s 2050 calculator, and with UK support. Fully owned by the Indian Planning Commission and launched by two Cabinet ministers, this tool will help encourage address energy security and climate change challenges across India’s six energy ministries.
On 28 February, India launched its first official energy planning tool the “India Energy Security Scenarios (IESS – 2047)” (http://www.indiaenergy.gov.in/), based on DECC’s 2050 pathways calculator.
This planning tool is significant for three reasons. First, it signals continued progress in energy collaboration between India and the UK since the Prime Ministerial Joint Communiqué of February 2013. We have a growing range of commercial and policy collaboration with India on energy from oil and gas to sharing UK power sector reform experience. We are sharing with India the UK’s experience in offshore wind and helping Indian states tackle the impacts of climate change.
Second, this planning tool will help tackle India’s energy challenges: 300 million people lack access to electricity, and India depends heavily on imported fossil fuels. This new planning tool supports discussions between the six energy ministries and public debate on energy issues.
Third, this planning tool is ground-breaking in its transparency. Every single number, assumption and formula used to create it is available and explained on the Planning Commission website (following the UK example).
The focus now is ensuring the planning tool is widely used. It will be improved as it develops: the Planning Commission wants to include the impact on water, cost, resources, skills, food and other social sectors in the future. The UK, through our team here and DECC in London, will continue its support. We are grateful to the DECC team for their expertise and hard work.
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