• The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago The Statement of Interest (SOI) was signed between NITI Aayog, Government of India and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago – India. EPIC-India and NITI Aayog have numerous similar research interests and policy aims in the field of energy and environment policy. Hence, the overall objective of the SOI is to use EPIC-India’s expertise with electricity sector reform, energy modelling, economics and policy to provide valuable and relevant insights to NITI Aayog.

    SOP India EPIC-1

    SOP India EPIC-2

    SOP India EPIC-3

  • U.S. Energy Information AdministrationStatement of Principles between NITI Aayog and the United States Energy information Administration (EIA) and USAID was signed on 10th August 2016 to promote co-operation in the area of energy data management (EDM). Planned areas of cooperation span the ares of EDM and may include (a) adapting EIA best practices to the Indian context; (b) sharing methodological approaches towards improving the accuracy, availability and timeliness of energy data; (c) sharing analysis tools; and (d) compiling lessons in EDM institutional design, including structure, authority, budget, manpower and other activities.

    SOP India EIA

  • United State Agency for International Development (USAID)Statement of Principle (SOP) on Collaboration on Sustainable Growth under Indo – US Energy dialogue was signed between Planning Commission and United State Agency for International Development (USAID) on 7 th May, 2013 and has been renewed for continued cooperation.. The aim is to provide a framework for joint cooperation to advance Indian and US. capacity to develop long-term plans and strategies through the exchange of knowledge and technical expertise.

    The partnership envisions both the parties to work together as Joint Working Group so as to prioritize the undertaken actions based upon their positive impact on advancing Indian and US capacity to develop long-term plans and strategies for low carbon inclusive growth. Areas of cooperation may include; (a) methodological approaches, (b) analytical tools, (c) data and data management systems, (d) best practices and (e) options for the development and adoption of clean technologies.

    The cooperation would also explore detailed implementation strategies, including financing plans and mechanisms to mobilize private investment in low carbon growth. The said collaboration would be conducted through workshops, trainings, discussions, technical exchanges, technical task forces, joint studies and specific projects under the existing US-India Energy Dialogue Working Group, the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), and the Partnership Agreement for the Sustainable Forests and Climate Adaptation Project.

    Extension of SOP India-USAID

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  • United Kingdom Department of Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyBoth India and UK face significant alterations and challenges to their respective energy systems. In view of that on 1 st August 2013 the Government of India (Planning Commission) and the UK Government (Department of Energy and Climate Change) signed a 'Statement of Principles for developing a 2050 Pathways Calculator for India'.

    The Aim of the cooperation is to continue in-depth information exchange between energy and emissions modelling experts from both the Governments in order to further strengthen and update their respective analysis. Open and in-depth information exchanges on the latest analysis methodologies can significantly improve mutual understanding, risk/opportunity assessments as well as the wider public debate around these challenges. In February 2014, the cooperation resulted in the publication of the 'India Energy Security Scenarios 2047'.

    The Statement of Principles expired in July, 2014. However, building on the successful achievement of the aims of the original SoP both Governments extended the mutually beneficial cooperation by widening as well as deepening the original aims until 2016. Extending the cooperation between the IESS 2047 and the UK 2050 Calculator will provide mutual benefit in three critical areas -

    • MODELLING ANALYSIS: Continue to discuss modelling improvements to the UK Pathways Calculator and the IESS 2047 tool. The information exchange includes deep- dives into measuring energy security implications, calculating energy and infrastructure costs, evaluating wider impacts of energy choices, assessing resilience of energy systems to stress, such as climate risks, as well as the inclusion of other potential constraints, such as water, quality of air, land etc.
    • COMMUNICTION: Exchanging ideas on how to strengthen an 'energy literate' debate within the two countries, both within and outside of government. How can the Calculator methodology be further improved to communicate its messages effectively to different target groups? Since, both countries face significant challenges as regards energy infrastructure, energy security, economic growth, land-use and sustainable emission pathways. The cooperation on communication techniques will discuss the packaging of 'main messages' coming from the calculators, possibly developing an App for wider public usage, public competitions, alterations to the webtool front-end, structuring stakeholder engagement events etc.
    • POLICY: Evaluate messages coming out of the calculators which are relevant to policy makers. Impact of existing policies will also be analysed by using the tools. Where ever possible, a link between current trends and policies with long-term energy impacts will be made and impacts communicated to decision-makers. These policy analyses from the Calculator approaches would inform and feed into the emerging Indian National Energy Plan as well as the forthcoming UK setting of carbon budgets as well as policy framework on how to achieve these.

    SOP India -DBEIS (UK)

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  • Development Research Centre of the State Council of the People's Republic of ChinaIn order to harness momentous opportunities offered by the world, China and India, two major powers of Asia, agreed to join hands to redefine their global role play in 21 st century. The players opined that working together of two biggest emerging economies to achieve the same goal of national development on the international platform would lead to a more robust, fast paced growth.

    Hence, on 15 th May 2015, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between NITI Aayog, Government of India and the Development Research Centre of the State Council, China to promote cooperation mechanism and understanding on various strategic macro- economic and policy issues. It also aims to enhance cooperation between the financial regulators and enterprises of the two countries in support of the building of the Closer Developmental Partnership.

    The partnership looks forward to exchange mechanism of policies, research materials and information on the public domain. In order to enhance communication, regular exchange programs/ visits has been planned to hold consultations, joint studies, researches, workshops and seminars on issues pertaining to regional and global importance.

    Agreed minutes of the second NITI-DRC Dialogue

    Agreed Minutes of the 4th India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue

    SOP on Manufacturing & Industrial Capacity

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  • Internation Energy Agency (IEA)On 4 th March 2016 a Statement of Intent (SOI) between NITI Aayog and International Energy Agency (IEA) was signed to promote co-operation relating to energy sector analysis and planning, energy sector modelling and forecasting and seeking broader dissemination of best practices of energy sector analysis, modelling and forecasting techniques and a strategy towards development of human resource in the energy sector.

    The intended cooperation on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit can help in achieving –

    • Regular exchange of information to improve mutual understanding of the functioning of energy markets in the world;
    • Joint analysis and research projects, including energy policy analysis and energy sectorand market analysis;

    Exchange of technical know-how, experience and information concerning electronic gathering, processing and dissemination of statistical data, statistical methods, analytical techniques, and econometric models used to analyse energy sector trends and prepare scenarios and make future projections.

    Signed copy of SOI between NITI and IEA

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  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)On September, 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed and LBNL MOU to explore potential future collaboration in the field of Energy Sector Planning from various perspectives, ensuring affordability, enhancing energy security, and meeting environmental goals.

    The MoU intended to endeavor to promote information exchanges and joint research and dissemination activities in the following area –

    • Energy sector Planning - assessment of grid-connected and off-grid energy development models, policy/regulatory interventions needed for increasing energy access, role of emerging technologies (e.g. smart grid, energy storage, electric vehicles, technology etc.) in meeting Government of India objectives/targets, etc.
    • Policy analysis - assessment of potential energy sector policy alternatives that would improve access, enhance exploitation of energy resources, increase affordability, enhance energy security, and meet environmental objectives; participating in activities such as conferences/workshops for dissemination of analysis results, seeking stakeholder/expert comments, and building long-term capacity for conducting policy analysis
    • Energy modeling - development of comprehensive energy model for Indian energy supply perspective up to 2030 and 2050 covering an optimal mix of all energy supply sources, including required data/information collection - and its sustained enhancement to be able to quantitatively assess various energy sector policy alternatives; participating in activities such as conferences/workshops for building long-term capacity for energy modeling.
    • R&D and Human Resource development - assess the R&D capability and human resource requirement for research and management of energy sector, share technical know-how in development of R&D infrastructure and academic institutions to meet the growing needs of manpower in this sector.

    SOI with LBNL

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  • Institute of Energy Economic, Japan (IEEJ)In order to examine and understand various energy sector related issues in the world such as resource availability, production, consumption, sectoral demands, local and global environmental impacts and implications of changes in energy prices and technology, it is important to analyse the energy sector in a comprehensive manner using an appropriate set of tools. The understanding thus gained can inform energy policy formulation. And in order to foster such understanding and cooperation in Energy Sector and analysing issues related to the energy sector a Statement of Intent (SOI) was signed between NITI Aayog and Institute of Energy Economic, Japan (IEEJ).

    The cooperation for analysing challenges related to the energy sector rooted in the Indian context includes the following activities –

    • Exchange of information
    • Conduct of joint research projects,
    • Exchange visits of suitable personnel for participation in agreed joint activities,
    • Organization of seminars and other meetings on agreed topics.

    Signed SOI between NITI-IEEJ

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