As Government of India policy think tank, NITI Aayog makes a continuous effort to encourage a flow of new ideas and suggestions on existing orders. Similarly, the Energy Division has collaborated with premier think tanks present in India and overseas. Some of them are helping us in understanding and finding solutions for the air quality, energy-food-water nexus, RE integration etc. while others, provide us with their technical expertise to create projects like Dashboards, Modelling and GIS mapping.
Presently, we have collaborated with six Indian think tanks/ institutions and eight International Agencies/ Departments to initiate the dialogue of exchanging the best on both sides. Multiple projects have been initiated for research and support, one can reach us for collaboration proposals at energy- email@example.com.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
On June 7, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NITI Aayog, Government of India and Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space, Government of India for the development of Geospatial Energy Portal of India for NITI Aayog. The map will be a web-based information system showing spatial and non-spatial data of electrical power generation and consumption (including renewable energy), coal mines, power plants, oil and gas refining facilities, LNG terminals, pipelines and electricity transmission lines, fuel transport and storage facilities, and any other related infrastructure in India.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi
NITI Aayog (erstwhile Planning Commission) signed MOU with The Energy Research Institute (TERI) on 20 th June 2013 to analyse issues related to Energy Sector through the use of appropriate tolls and models and to provide inputs to NITI Aayog for informed policy making during the 12 th Five Year Plan period.
Centre for Study of Science Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bengaluru
On 24 th June 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (erstwhile Planning Commission) and CSTEP, Bengaluru to develop an integrated energy planning system for India â€“ Decision Analysis for research and Planning (DARPAN), a user-interactive computer application which can be hosted on a web server, and accessed by policymakers. The intended energy planning system can also be used for other sectors such as infrastructure, transportation and emergency and disaster management.
On 9 th May 2016, a Statement of Intent (SOI) was signed between NITI Aayog and Prayas to analyse issues related to the energy sector using the expertise and tools at Prayas and to thereby provide inputs to the NITI Aayog for informed energy-sector policy formulation. The SOI also includes –
- Regular exchange of information to improve mutual understanding the energy sector in India.
- Strengthening the framework for a coordinated Energy Data Management System in India by striving to improve the countryâ€™s energy balance preparation, improve data collection and data coordination.
- Joint analysis and research projects, including energy policy analysis and energy sector and market analysis to address the issue of energy security, access, sustainability and affordability.
- Exchange of technical know â€“ how, experience and information and dissemination of data, statistical methods and analytical techniques.
Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), New Delhi
The Statement of Intent signed on 16 th may 2016 between NITI Aayog and AEEE is to provide a framework for cooperation for designing, developing and conducting consultative policy dialogue. The partnership would also include business research to promote and enable high level energy efficiency policy formulation in India by jointly undertaking the following activities –
- To support mechanism for development and implementation of the broad national framework for energy efficiency with the goal to improve the energy intensity for Indian economy by helping set energy efficiency as a resource (MW) target at the national level, appraising the states for devising appropriate strategies for energy efficiency measures.
- To provide input framework for national energy policy both at the central and state government level on energy efficiency.
- To provide inputs and share best practices from India and around the world on energy services (ESCO) market development, including innovative energy efficiency financing, to enable a dynamic and vibrant energy services (ESCO) sector to implement government policies and scale up programmes within validated energy savings.
- To look at market mechanisms and policy options to promote energy efficiency in the residential sector with a specific focus on multi dwelling units in medium and high rise esidential buildings.
- To provide inputs in developing a roadmap for sustainable space cooling by balancing it against Indiaâ€™s power generation including peak demand reduction requirements by encouraging best available technology through stringent codes and standards.
- Collaboratively work to enhance the capacity of Indian states and put an objective evaluation framework to implement energy efficiency policies and scale up the implementation efforts in all states.
- To help build a public-private platform for ongoing dialogue on energy efficiency policy to enable a transparent public process of policy making.
- Collaboratively develop suitable outreach and communications material including energy efficiency market and policy briefs, newsletters and reports showcasing the progress made by Government of India in energy efficiency policy formulation and implementation.
- Collaboratively designing, developing and conducting research to promote and enable high level energy efficiency policy formulation and implementation framework in India.
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
On December 9, 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Government of India and UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND ENERGY STUDIES, Dehradun. This MOU provides as a framework for cooperation between NITI Aayog and UPES to collaborate for designing, developing, and conducting consultative policy dialogue and business research to promote and enable high level energy efficiency policy formulation in India by jointly undertaking the following activities:
- To support the mechanism for development and implementation of a broad national framework for energy efficiency with the goal to improve the energy intensity of Indian economy by helping set energy efficiency as a resource target at the National level, appraising the States for devising appropriate strategies for energy efficiency measures.
- To provide inputs on the implications of clean coal technology on the overall energy scenario of India.
- To look at market mechanisms and policy options to promote energy efficiency in the residential sector with a specific focus on multi-dwelling units in medium and high-rise residential buildings.
- To provide inputs on the implications of high penetration of renewables on the grid.
- Collaboratively work to enhance the capacity of Indian States and put an objective evaluation framework to implement energy efficiency policies and scale up the implementation efforts in all States.
- Collaboratively develop suitable outreach and communications materials including energy efficiency market and policy briefs, newsletters and reports showcasing the progress made by Government of India in various energy related matters.
Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, India (EPIC, India)
The Statement of Interest (SOI) was signed on December 2, 2016, between NITI Aayog, Government of India and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago – India. The objective of the SOI is to use EPIC-India’s expertise on electricity sector reform, energy modelling, economics and policy to provide valuable and relevant insights to NITI Aayog.
U. S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Statement of Principles (SOP) between NITI Aayog and the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) and USAID was signed on August 10, 2016, to promote co-operation in the area of energy data management (EDM). Planned areas of cooperation span the areas 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.
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 May 7, 2013, and has been renewed for continued cooperation. The partnership envisions to work together as Joint Working Group so as to prioritise 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;
(b) analytical tools
(c) data and data management systems
(d) best practices
(e) options for the development and adoption of clean technologies.
The cooperation would also explore detailed implementation strategies, including financing plans and mechanisms to mobilise private investment in low carbon growth.
United Kingdom Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UKDBEIS)
On August 1, 2013, the Government of India (Planning Commission) and the UK Government (Department of Energy and Climate Change) signed a Statement of Principles (SOP) 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. On February 2014, the cooperation resulted in the publication of the ‘India Energy Security Scenarios 2047’. The SOP 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.
Development Research Centre of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (DRC)
In 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 May 15, 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 exchanging mechanism of policies, research materials and information on the public domain.
International Energy Agency (IEA)
On March 4, 2016, a Statement of Intent (SOI) was signed between NITI Aayog and International Energy Agency (IEA) to promote co- operation relating to energy sector analysis and planning, energy sector modelling and forecasting. Also, 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 sector and 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.
Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL)
In September 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed and LBNL 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 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, the 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 the development of R&D infrastructure and academic institutions to meet the growing needs of manpower in this sector.
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
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,
- Organisation of seminars and other meetings on agreed topics.