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Vision and Mission

Vision

  • To provide top-quality policy support to all the stakeholders in the Energy sector to make India energy secure;
  • To improve the investment scenario of the country so as to achieve an efficient, sustainable, and clean energy system;
  • To improve the policy framework through effective partnerships with all stakeholders including industry, academia, think-tanks, and foreign collaborations.
     

Mission

The Energy Vertical of the NITI Aayog will make concerted efforts to reduce India’s import dependence to ensure alternative supply of energy, enhance domestic supply, provide suitable omnibus and sectoral energy policies, resolve inter-sectoral energy related issue and strong coordination with all relevant energy ministries/departments. The policy framework will be so geared that energy is supplied through efficient markets to improve India’s competitiveness and spur economic growth.

 

Core Functions

  1. Policy Analysis

    The Energy Vertical within NITI Aayog comprises five units – Power, Coal, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Renewable Energy and Atomic Power. The vertical looks at India’s energy options in an integrated manner and proposes policies that would make the energy sector efficient and energy secure.

    1. Examination of proposals relating to policy decision pertaining to Energy sector
      1. Examination of various project proposals of Standing Finance Committee/Expenditure Finance Committee for investment decision;
      2. Examination of DPRs related to generation, transmission and distribution of power sector and furnishing comments on technical and financial feasibility;
      3. Examination of PIB proposal of energy sector projects and furnishing comments on technical and financial feasibility;
      4. Examination of EFC Note related to Energy sector;
      5. Examination of cabinet notes on energy sector for Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approval;
      6. Examination of Joint Ventures/subsidiary proposal of PSUs.
    2. Designing strategic and long-term policy and programmes
      1. Providing inputs for formulation of policies/regulation in development of electrical power industry keeping in the view of efficiency in energy extraction, conversion, transportation, and utilisation;
      2. Preparing energy policy and long-term energy vision plan;
      3. Energy modelling for generating long term scenario.
    3. Project Appraisals for loan tie-up from Multilateral Institution
      1. Examination of energy sector projects and furnishing recommendations for loan & grant tie-up with multilateral institution (i.e., World Bank, ADB, BRICS New Bank etc.) for Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.
    4. Infrastructure Review by Prime Minister
      1. Prepare presentation for outcome-based infrastructure level-II review meeting chaired by Prime Minister of India;
      2. Provide inputs related to outcome – output-based budgeting of the Ministry of Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Petroleum & Natural Gas and Department of Atomic Energy, to Ministry of Finance.
    5. Representation in various Committees and Sub Committees on Energy sector
      1. Engage in various kind of committees/ groups for framing some report and review committees.
  2. Energy Data Management

    Robust energy data is essential to formulate and analyse policies for promoting energy security and sustainable development. A review of India’s Energy Data Management (EDM) revealed that most of the energy sector data are primarily collected for administrative purposes and the mandate to disseminate data is also weak. The study, An Assessment of Energy Data Management in India, also revealed gaps in the collected data, in particular, energy consumption data. The Energy vertical is pursuing the following five activities:

    1. India Energy Modelling Forum
    2. Development of India Energy Security Scenario-2047
    3. Development of MESSAGEix Model
    4. Development of Geospatial Energy Map of India
    5. Development of India Energy Dashboards
       

Who’s Who

S No Name Designation EMAIL ID
1 Rajnath Ram Adviser rajnath-pc@nic.in
2 Navin Kumar Vidyarthi Director navin.vidyarthi@nic.in
3 Jawahar Lal Superintendent Engineer jawahar.lal68@gov.in
4 Manoj Kumar Upadhyaya Deputy Adviser mk.upadhyay@gov.in
5 Poonam Kapur Economic Officer poonam.kapur@gov.in
6 Prasanth Regy Consultant prasanth.regy@govcontractor.in
7 Prachi Gupta Consultant gupta.prachi@nic.in
8 Kowthamraj VS Young Professional kowtham.niti@nic.in
9 Saumya Pandey Young Professional pandey.saumya@nic.in
10 Dr Sweety Pandey Young Professional sweety.p@govcontractor.in

Partners

S No Organisation Collaboration/Support Link
1 Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Development of GIS Map https://www.isro.gov.in/
2 The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi Modelling, Policy Paper, Data Management https://www.teriin.org/
3 Council on Energy, Environment and Water Policy Paper, Research Study https://www.ceew.in/
4 Centre for Study of Science Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bengaluru Modelling, Policy Paper, Data Management https://www.cstep.in/
5 Prayas, Pune India Energy Dashboards, India Energy Modelling Forum https://www.prayaspune.org/
6 Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), New Delhi Research & policy development in the area of the Energy Efficiency https://aeee.in/
7 IIT Bombay India Energy Security Scenario 2047 Version 3.0 https://www.iitb.ac.in/
8 IIT Delhi India Energy Modelling Forum https://home.iitd.ac.in/
9 IIT Kanpur Knowledge partner for MESSAGEix https://www.iitk.ac.in/
10 IIT (ISM) Dhanbad Study on the future coal scenario in India till 2050 https://www.iitism.ac.in/
11 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun Research, Modelling and paper writing on Energy Sector policies https://www.upes.ac.in/
12 Smart Power India Research & pilot project in the area of Mini & Micro Grid. https://smartpowerindia.org/
13 Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, India (EPIC, India) Research & Policy analysis for air quality, quality, reliability & access of electricity  https://epic.uchicago.in/
14 U. S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Sustainable Growth Pillar, Energy Data Management https://www.eia.gov/
15 United State Agency for International Development (USAID) US India Sustainable Growth Pillar https://www.usaid.gov/
16 United Kingdom Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UKDBEIS) Technical support for India Energy Security Scenario 2047 Version 3.0 https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
17 International Energy Agency (IEA) Research & Policy analysis of the energy sector, energy data management training, workshop on the Power Sector Transformation, Energy Policy Dialogue  https://www.iea.org/
18 Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) US India Sustainable Growth Pillar https://www.lbl.gov/
19 Institute of Energy Economic, Japan (IEEJ) Research & Policy analysis and modelling activities https://eneken.ieej.or.jp/en/
20 The Rockefeller Foundation, USA Work related to Electricity Access and   Benchmarking of the DISCOMs https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/
21 World Resources Institute Research & Policy Analysis of the energy sector  https://www.wri.org/
22 India Smart Grid Forum Work related to smart grid, battery storage, hydrogen, electric cooking, regional grid and RE integration https://indiasmartgrid.org/
23 FICCI Organising Stakeholder consultations on energy sector policies http://ficci.in/
24 CII Organising Stakeholder consultations on energy sector policies https://www.cii.in/
25 Embassy of Netherlands Research & Policy paper preparation on climate change, battery storage, modelling projects https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl
26 The World Bank Technical Assistance for Battery Storage Demand Assessment  https://www.worldbank.org/en/home

Line Ministries

  • Ministry of Power
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
  • Ministry of Coal
  • Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • Department of Atomic Energy
  • Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change
  • Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

Reports

S No Title Download
1. India Energy Dashboards Version 2.0
  • Brochure
  • Video of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog
  • Video of Member, NITI Aayog
  • Video of CEO, NITI Aayog
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2. Electricity Access in India & Benchmarking Distribution Utilities Download
3. IEA India 2020 – In depth Energy Policy Review Download
4. NITI Aayog & World Bank: Energy-Water-Agriculture Nexus Download
5. Subgroup Report: Agriculture Download
6. Subgroup Report: Buildings Download
7. Subgroup Report: Coal Download
8. Subgroup Report: Electricity Download
9. Subgroup Report: Industry Download
10. Subgroup Report: Oil & Gas Download
11. Subgroup Report: Renewable Energy Download
12. Subgroup Report: Transport Download
13. NITI Aayog & GIZ - National Sensitization Workshop on State Energy Action Plan Download
14. Report of the Energy Storage System (ESS) Roadmap for India: 2019 - 2032 Download
15. Roadmap to fast track adoption and implementation of energy conservation building code (ECBC) at the urban and local level Download
16. State Renewable Energy Capacity Addition Roadmap Download
17. India’s Leapfrog to Methanol Economy Download
18. Energizing India Download
19. Report of the Workshop on Energy Modeling & Launch of Energy Data Portal (dashboard) on 12th May, 2017 at NITI Aayog Download
20. Report on India’s Renewable Electricity Roadmap 2030 Download
21. A Report on Energy Efficiency and Energy Mix in the Indian Energy System (2030) Using India Energy Security Scenarios, 2047 Download
22. Energy Efficiency Interventions at NITI Aayog Download
23. Report of the Expert Group on 175 GW RE By 2022 Download
24. Renewables Integration in India Download

 

Current and Upcoming Projects

  1. Energy Sector Reform:
    1. A High Level Committee on Coal Sector under the chairmanship of Vice-Chairman was constituted by the Government of India to provide recommendations for enhancing domestic exploration, production, reducing imports and achieving rapid growth in the export. Based on the Recommendations of the HLC, Ministry of Coal has notified commercial coal mining. This was launched in June, 2020 wherein 41 blocks were offered out of which, 19 blocks have been allotted so far.
    2. A High Level Committee under Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog provided its recommendation for enhancement of domestic Oil & Gas exploration and production. Based on the recommendations of the HLC, the policy was approved by the Cabinet and notified. The policy is under implementation and we may expect results in the next 5-10 years.
  2. State Energy Index: NITI Aayog is working on a State Energy Index to assess the performance of States based on indicators covering DISCOMs’ viability and competition, access, affordability and reliability of energy, clean energy initiatives, energy efficiency and new initiatives. The work in progress and the tool will be designed to assess States’ performance on various energy parameters which will help states to efficiently manage their energy resources and provide better access of energy to citizen.
  3. International Energy Agency (IEA): NITI Aayog, in collaboration with IEA has taken up following activities:
    • In-Depth Review of Energy Policies of India: The vertical coordinated with respective ministries and departments for carrying out the in-depth review of energy policies. The final report was launched in January, 2020. The report can be accessed here.International Energy Agency (IEA):
    • Power System Transformation Workshop 2020-21: IEA & NITI Aayog organised the Maharashtra, Gujarat & Karnataka Power System Transformation workshop. The objective of the workshop was to bring together the International, National, and State stakeholders to discuss the issues in the increasing shares of solar and wind in the grid, and discuss the opportunities for flexibility solutions to overcome issues faced by the Government of Gujarat such as forecast of solar and wind, transmission challenges, technical challenges such as inertia, system strength, frequency and voltage issues, demand forecast etc.
    • Capacity building exercise with respect to energy data management is under progress.
    • IEA provided feedback on India Energy Dashboards, State Energy Index, and Energy Vision 2035. India Energy Dashboards was launched in April 2021 while State Energy Index and Energy Vision 2035 are in the final stage of review.
  4. Report on ‘Electricity Access in India & Benchmarking Distribution Utilities’: NITI Aayog, Ministry of Power, Rockefeller Foundation, USA and Smart Power India jointly launched the study report, titled ‘Electricity Access in India & Benchmarking Distribution Utilities’ in October, 2020.Report on ‘Electricity Access in India & Benchmarking Distribution Utilities’
     
  5. World Bank (USD 1 million) TA for assessment of battery storage:  NITI Aayog has been provided USD 1 million as Technical Assistance (TA) to carry out study (i) on preparing grid level policy and regulations framework for energy storage demand (ii) demand study at ISTS (Inter State Transmission System) level and (iii) demand study at distribution level (in the state) for Energy storage requirement of all kinds. The report is in the final stage. The report would help for planning of energy storage at grid and distribution level.
  6. Energy-Water-Agriculture Nexus workshop:  NITI Aayog and the World Bank organised a one-day workshop on “Energy-Water-Agriculture Nexus: Grow Solar, Save Water, Double the Farm Income” in New Delhi. The report of the workshop can be accessed here.Energy-Water-Agriculture Nexus workshop
  7. US–India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP):Under the U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP), NITI Aayog and USAID co-lead the Sustainable Growth Pillar. The activities like India Energy Modelling Forum, data management and modelling are being pursued besides the collaboration on low carbon technologies.
    India Energy Modelling Forum (IEMF): USAID-NITI Aayog jointly launched the IEMF on 2nd July, 2020. Several meetings of Steering Committee have been held to finalise the topics for further studies. The forum aims at engaging US & Indian researchers, knowledge partners, think tanks and national and international government agencies, and departments for modelling and long-term energy planning exercises.
  8. India Energy Security Scenario 2047 (Version 3.0): NITI Aayog has partnered with UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UKBEIS) for technical support to update India’s national calculator IESS 2047. IIT Bombay has been selected as the lead downstream partner from India, who would be leading the project. A consortium has been formed with stakeholders from 18 institutes/organisations (industry, academia, government and think tanks/policy research organisations) who would be involved in updating the calculator. The version 2.0 can be accessed here.
  9. MESSAGEix: NITI Aayog with support from IIASA and IIT Kanpur is developing the MESSAGEix model for optimising the output of IESS.
  10. Geospatial Energy Map of India:  NITI Aayog collaborated with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to develop a comprehensive Geospatial Energy Map of India which provides a holistic picture of the India’s energy sector. This includes visualisation of spatial and non-spatial data on renewable and non-renewable power plants, oil and gas downstream sector, renewable energy potential, fossil fuel resources, and other energy assets in India. The Geospatial Energy Map of India was launched in June 2021. The maps can be accessed here.Geospatial Energy Map of India
  11. India Energy Dashboards: In order to create a one-stop destination for the energy data of the country, NITI Aayog has developed India Energy Dashboards (IED) with the support of ministries of Coal, Power, Renewable Energy, and Petroleum & Natural Gas. The IED was launched in April 2021. It can be accessed here.

    India Energy Dashboars

    Formation of eight subgroups:  four on the supply-side (Coal, Electricity, Oil & Gas, and Renewable Energy) and four on the demand-side (Agriculture, Buildings, Industry, and Transport), in consultation with ministries and think tanks to bridge the data gaps. The reports can be accessed here.

  12. Saudi Centre for International Strategic Partnership (SCISP): Under the India-Saudi Arab strategic partnership, NITI Aayog has been engaged with SCISP to identify priority areas for strategic investment. Concerned Ministries and Departments have identified priority areas for   discussion and pursue specific investment plan in both the countries.
  13. NITI-RMI Lighthouse DISCOM Program: NITI Aayog has collaborated with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to examine the aspect of financial turnaround of electricity distribution companies (DISCOMS) in the State of Rajasthan & Haryana for selected DISCOM. The Lighthouse DISCOM program is designed to create sustainable model of DISCOM financial stability.
  14. Prime Minister’s Interaction with CEOs of Global Oil and Gas Companies: NITI Aayog, in consultation with MoPNG, organised the fifth annual interaction of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India with the CEOs and experts of global oil and gas companies. An annual event since 2016, the objective of the interaction is to create a global platform to understand best practices, discuss reforms, and plan strategies for accelerating investments into the Indian oil and gas value chain. This helps in key policy reforms in oil & gas sectors.
     PM’s Interaction with CEOs of Global Oil and Gas Companies
  15. Vision Document 2035: NITI Aayog has kick started the exercise for drafting Vision Document 2035 for India with a base year of 2020. The vision will provide a broad roadmap for addressing the concerns of energy access, affordability, reliability rational pricing and energy security. The document is under finalisation after due consultation with relevant stakeholders and the ministries/departments.
  16. Policy paper on privatisation of DISCOMs: Based on the literature review and the recommendations of committee under the chairmanship of CEO on UDAY, the Vertical in consultation with Florence school of Regulations has finalised the policy paper. Based on the suggestions the paper is being updated.
  17. Report on Coal Washing: To examine the environmental benefits and economics of using washed coal, a comprehensive report covering environmental benefits and techno-economic issues of coal washing was submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office.
  18. Analysis of ONGC Videsh’s Overseas Investments in Oil and Gas Assets: A detailed analysis of the investments made by ONGC Videsh in overseas oil and gas assets was conducted through Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. MoPNG would be able take policy decisions with regards to overseas oil and gas investments.
  19. Testing Framework for Advanced Chemistry Cells, was formulated in consultation with Deloitte DST and BIS and other stakeholders. This document lays down guidelines for testing of Advanced Chemistry Cells for the purpose of availing subsidy to be provided under the National Programme on Advance Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage.
  20. Coal to chemical: A Coal Gasification Committee has been set up under the chairmanship of Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, to prioritise coal gasification projects in consultation with the Ministry of Coal. A Technical Standing Group has also been created under his chairmanship. The Committee provides policy direction and recommendation for appropriate coal gasification technology suitable for Indian coal gasification projects.
  21. Mine Developer and Operators (MDOs): NITI Aayog, in consultation with the Ministries of Mines, Coal, Steel and Finance, finalised the framework for appointment of MDO. The framework has been submitted to the Cabinet Secretariat. Based on the recommendations, 51 mines have been put on development through MDO route.
  22. Global symposium INDIA PV EDGE 2020: Jointly organized by NITI Aayog, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), and INVEST India on October 6, 2020.  Hon’ble Minister MNRE, Vice-Chair NITI Aayog, Secretary MNRE, Joint Secretary MNRE, CEO, NITI Aayog and MD INVEST India spoke in the plenary session of the symposium. The event brought together global cutting-edge technology providers, equipment makers, and champion PV companies to present their technologies to the Indian industry who are drawing up their PV manufacturing plans. Around 60 prominent Indian and global CEOs are slated to attend the event.Global symposium INDIA PV EDGE 2020