NITI Aayog releases State Energy and Climate Index-Round I

NITI Aayog has releasedthe State Energy and Climate Index (SECI)-Round I, which will help states and union territories (UTs) plan better policies and manage their energy resources efficiently.

The SECI-Round I rates states based on six criteria-discom performance; energy access, affordability, and reliability; clean energy initiatives; energy efficiency; environmental sustainability; and new initiatives. The parameters are subdivided into 27 indicators. The states and UTs are divided into three groups based on their composite SECI-Round I score: Front Runners, Achievers, and Aspirants. The states have been divided into three categories: larger states, smaller states, and UTs, depending on their size and geographical variations. In the category of larger states, Gujarat has topped theSECI-Round I, followed by Kerala and Punjab. In the smallerstates category, Goa was the best-performing state, followed by Tripura and Manipur. Meanwhile, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Daman & Diu/Dadra & Nagar Haveli are the strongest UTs in the country.