Study tour in France on energy efficiency for Indian officials

Study tour in France on energy efficiency in street lighting for seven high-level Indian officials following loan agreement between the French Development Agency and Energy Efficiency Services Limited on financing energy efficiency investments by Indian public entities.

20-26 September 2015

In April 2015, on the occasion of the first official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to France, Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) signed a loan agreement of 50 million euros, earmarked for financing energy efficiency investments by Indian public entities, specifically for street lighting by municipalities and energy efficiency retrofits in public buildings.

EESL - an Indian public Energy Service Company (ESCO) founded in 2010 by the Ministry of Power to facilitate large-scale implementation of energy efficiency projects - recently launched a significant programme for rolling out energy efficiency measures in street lighting systems. The Street Light National Programme (SLNP) aims at replacing conventional street lights with LEDs in 100 cities by March 2016 and across India by March 2019, replacing a total of 3.5 crore bulbs.

In the context of financial collaboration between AFD and EESL and drawing on France’s recognized expertise and long-term experience in the area of street lighting, AFD organized, from 20 to 26 September, a study tour on energy efficiency in street lighting for employees of EESL and high-level Indian administration officials involved in the decision-taking process for new investments in this sector.

Participants of the study tour included:

  • Mr Milind Bhikanrao Deore, Senior Energy Economist at the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power;
  • Three Managing Directors of State or Municipal Power Distribution Corporations: Mr Ajay Kumar Singh, MD of Purvanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited; Mr Om Prakash Gupta, MD of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd; and Mr Mutyala Raju Revu, Chairman MD of Andra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Ltd;
  • Mr Rupesh Kumar Thakur, Deputy Commissionner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation;
  • Two representatives of EESL: Mr Mohit Khatri, Deputy General Manager for Finance; and Mr Tarun Tayal, Deputy General Manager for Business Development.

In the course of the weeklong tour, meetings and visits were organized with major French public institutions (AFD, French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, French Environment and Energy Efficiency Agency - ADEME, CDC Climat, Cluster ‘Lumières’), local self-governing urban bodies (Paris and Lyon), key international institutions (International Energy Agency - IEA, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation - IPEEC, Lighting Urban Community International - LUCI, United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP) and French private companies specializing in lighting systems (CITEOS, EDF, EVESA, Schneider Electric, WE-EF:FLUX Lighting).

These meetings were an opportunity to share experience and best practices with various stakeholders and to cover many aspects of lighting systems, including different contractual set-ups for outsourcing these services, social acceptance, latest energy-saving technologies, procedures and tools in lighting systems. Discussions not only focused on lighting systems but also covered broader topics such as energy efficiency and combating climate change. The study tour was also an opportunity to showcase India’s ambitious objectives in terms of energy savings and EESL’s role in implementing the government’s policies in this sector.

Indo-French collaboration for energy-efficient solutions

In India, AFD has been entrusted with a strategic mandate tailored to the Indian Government’s priorities. One area of cooperation is the development of renewable energy and the dissemination of best practices for energy efficiency to help India achieve its energy policy targets. To promote energy efficiency, AFD has previously supported investments for energy conservation by Indian MSMEs through a 50-million-euro credit line to the public financial institution, SIDBI, and provided technical support to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).

Held a couple of months ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), which will be held in Paris in December, this study tour on street lighting was another opportunity to reiterate the resolve of India and France to work together toward the implementation of effective lower-carbon solutions and to collaborate in the fight against climate change.

About Agence Française de Développement

Agence Française de Développement (AFD - French Development Agency), a public development finance institution that implements the policies defined by the French Government, works towards poverty alleviation and the promotion of sustainable development. AFD operates on four continents via a network of 71 agencies. It finances and supports projects that improve living conditions for populations, boost economic growth and protect the planet. In 2014, AFD committed EUR 8.1bn to finance projects in developing countries and for overseas France. Since 2005, AFD has committed EUR 18bn for projects that reconcile development and climate, including EUR 2.8bn in 2014 (i.e. 53% of its financing in developing and emerging countries).

About EESL

Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) was created by the Ministry of Power (MOP) within the Government of India as the implementation arm of the MOP and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). It positioned to lead the market related action of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE).The national program to promote LED based efficient lighting, launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India recently, will be implemented across the country, and would fall under EESL service domain. Under this program, 100 cities are to be covered by March, 2016 and balance by March, 2019 targeting 77 crore ordinary bulbs and 3.5 crore conventional street lights. Replacement of 3.5 crore conventional street light under Street Light National Programme (‘SLNP’) will result in savings of 9,000 million units annually and total cost savings of municipalities every year will be Rs. 5,500 crore.

Last modified on 09/10/2015

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