NITI Aayog has expressly been given the responsibility of encouraging academic research and networking with research institutions in India and abroad. The India Energy Security Scenarios, 2047 (IESS,2047) is a fine example of the Government joining hands with independent think tanks in harnessing knowledge in collaboration, with an aim to improve the programmes and policies of the Government. I am happy that close on the heels of the first version, the Energy Division of the NITI Aayog has now come out with Version 2.0 in association with its partners.
On the policy front, NITI Aayog will be leading the exercise of proposing a new National Energy Policy (NEP) for the country. Again, this exercise will envisage networking with a wide range of private and public institutions. I am sure, IESS 2047 Version 2.0 will under-pin the new policy in a significant manner. The expertise developed in the process of preparing this Tool will benefit the Government and our knowledge partners alike. I look forward to the extension of this present partnership for contribution to the NEP as well.
Another important aspect of NITI Aayog's charter is working as a bridge for close coordination with the States. The instant Tool is a handy energy demand/supply projection model, particularly because it disaggregates sectors and identifies distinct levers which impinge on energy pathways. In light of the above, the exercise is quite amenable to identifying the role of States in advancing India's energy security. For example, as the Prime Minister has declared a target of achieving 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, the projections can now be further split into ambitions for resource rich States. Similar exercises could be done for enhancing oil and gas production, coal production, etc., keeping the concerns of land, grid integration issues of Renewable Energy, Air Quality etc., in mind. The instant tool is capable of developing the above outputs. I do hope that our partners will come forward to join hands with NITI Aayog in developing State specific sub-sectors of IESS 2047.
I commend the efforts of the NITI team and would also like to thank all the knowledge partners in India and abroad who helped put this Tool together.