Welcome to the Indo-German Energy Forum

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The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) provides a dialogue platform for high-level policy makers, financial institutions, industry and research organizations to deepen and enhance the bilateral cooperation for the energy transition in Germany and India.

Both leaders expressed satisfaction about the cooperation in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, including the important and successful work under the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF).

Highlights

Since its establishment in 2006, the Indo-German Energy Forum has successfully intensified Indo-German Cooperation in the areas of energy security, energy efficiency and renewable energies, investment in energy projects as well as collaborative research and development. Below are the recent Highlights of IGEF:

26
May
2020
26 May 2020

Webinar on Future of Distributed Home Storage Systems in India

22
May
2020
22 May 2020

Webinar on Business Opportunities for AgroPV in India – Learnings from Europe and India

15
May
2020
15 May 2020

Webinar on Fast Ramping of Coal Fired Power Plants

30
April
2020
30 April 2020

Webinar on Flexibilisation of Coal Fired Power Plants

04
March
2020
04 March 2020

IGEF Subgroup I Meeting on Flexibilisation of Thermal Power Plants

04
March
2020
04 March 2020

Workshop on Best Practices Guidelines for O&M for Solar in India

04
March
2020
04 March 2020

Dr. Falken-Grosser from Government of Germany speaks at ISUW 2020

24
February
2020
24 February 2020

Visiting the Largest Functioning Agrophotovoltaic Plant in India

18
February
2020
18 February 2020

Visit of German Parliamentarian Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy

04
February
2020
04 February 2020

Flexible Operation of Thermal Power Plants in India: Workshops in Kolkata and Ahmedabad

20
January
2020
20 January 2020

World Utility Summit and ELECRAMA 2020

28
November
2019
28 November 2019

AgroPV Sessions at Intersolar India

18
November
2019
18 November 2019

Exhibition on German Energiewende

13
November
2019
13 November 2019

Best Practices Study-Tour cum training on Grid Management, Network Monitoring & Loss Reductions

04
November
2019
04 November 2019

Subgroup IV meeting on Green Energy Corridors

02
November
2019
02 November 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits solar PV project sites supported by GIZ

01
November
2019
01 November 2019

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel meets Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

01
November
2019
01 November 2019

Women Empowering the Global Energy Transition

01
November
2019
01 November 2019

Market and System Integration of Renewable Energies

01
November
2019
01 November 2019

Indo-German Energy FORUM

07
October
2019
07 October 2019

Subgroup 2 Co-Chair participates in REEWeek in Berlin

21
September
2019
21 September 2019

Study Tour to Germany & France on Energy Storage Systems and Floating Solar

18
September
2019
18 September 2019

German Group Participation at REI 2019

18
September
2019
18 September 2019

German Local Business Council

18
September
2019
18 September 2019

AgroPhotovoltaic Session at REI Expo 2019

18
September
2019
18 September 2019

Residential Solar – Business Opportunities in India

27
August
2019
27 August 2019

Expert Dialogue on “Accelerating Solar Rooftop Growth in India”

08
August
2019
08 August 2019

Impact assessment of Electric Vehicle charging on the Indian electricity distribution system

07
August
2019
07 August 2019

Solar irrigation pumps and its impact on water, energy and food security in rural India

27
June
2019
27 June 2019

IGEF organises Study Tour to Battery Energy Storage

27
June
2019
27 June 2019

International Conference on Battery and Pumped Hydro Energy Storage

21
June
2019
21 June 2019

Solar farms on water: KfW and TERI host expert session on Floating Solar Photovoltaic

17
June
2019
17 June 2019

Low carbon buildings: KfW and EESL promote solar rooftop in Maharashtra

15
May
2019
Participants discussed energy sector developments in India and Germany
15 May 2019

IGEF Subgroup II meeting on “Renewable Energies”

15
May
2019
15 May 2019

Indo-German Energy Dialogue at Intersolar Europe 2019

04
March
2019
04 March 2019

IGEF organises Best Practice Study Tour on Floating Solar PV

14
February
2019
14 February 2019

IGEF Subgroup IV meeting on " Green Energy Corridors "

13
February
2019
13 February 2019

Indo-German Environment Forum

04
January
2019
04 January 2019

Minister honouring IGEF with CBIP Award

05
October
2018
05 October 2018

IGEF organizes the German Country Session at 2nd Global RE-Invest 2018

04
October
2018
04 October 2018

IGEF Subgroup III meeting on “Energy Efficiency”

04
October
2018
04 October 2018

Launch of Report on Cooling Demand and Energy Efficiency Potential in India

04
October
2018
04 October 2018

Indo-German Energy Forum Roundtable on "Achieving the goal of flexible thermal power plants in India

03
October
2018
03 October 2018

Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) showcases PV Port & Store at the 2nd Global RE-Invest 2018

25
September
2018
25 September 2018

Indian Offshore Wind fact-finding mission to Hamburg

18
September
2018
18 September 2018

Indo-German Energy Day at Renewable Energy India Expo 2018

25
June
2018
25 June 2018

IGEF Task Force Flexibility experts successfully carried out minimum load tests in Dadri NTPC power plant

20
June
2018
20 June 2018

Indo-German Energy Dialogue on Solar PV Market Development in India

19
April
2018
19 April 2018

Fact-Finding Mission on Public EV-Charging Infrastructure in Germany

22
March
2018
22 March 2018

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sees India as a partner for development of Clean Energy Technologies

17
January
2018
17 January 2018

Indo-German Expert Exchange on Standards for Electric Vehicle Charging infrastructure

Events

27 February 2020

German - Indian Innovation & Technology Transfer Platform

Steinbeis India is organising the German - Indian Innovation & Technology Transfer Platform at CSIR HRD Centre, New Delhi from 27 to 28 February 2020 in association with the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research. There will be workshops on Innovation Management, Technology Transfer and Dual Technical Vocational Education & Training in R&D as well as a presentation of the Steinbeis-CSIR Model of Technology Transfer and a session on Future Technologies with regards to the Energy Transition.

03 March 2020

India Smart Utility Week

This international conference and exhibition on smart utilities for smart cities will be held at The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi from 3 to 7 March 2020. India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) will bring together India’s leading electricity, gas and water utilities, policy makers, regulators, investors and the world’s top-notch smart energy experts and researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products in smart energy and smart cities domains. ISUW 2020 will include plenaries, keynotes, interactive workshops, high level roundtables and technical sessions on variety of topics. ISUW 2019 was attended by over 1800 delegates and 288 speakers from 41 countries.

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Register here using the Code ISUW2020-GIZ25 to receive 25% special discount on delagate registration!

17 March 2020

Knowledge Management and Outreach Workshop on Agro PV Plants and RE Grid Integration

The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), World Water Council (WWC)-India Chapter and the Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) has taken a joint initiative of organizing a special Study Tour-cum-Training and Capacity Building Programme on Agro PV Plants and RE Grid Integration during 17-19 March 2020 at Jodhpur. The Study Tour will be beneficial for the participants to enhance their knowledge on Agro PV-- its benefit and challenges. 

The programme is expected to be attended by the participants drawn from DISCOMS, Solar EPC Contractors, State Transmission Utilities, (STUs), State and Regional Load Dispatch Centers, POWERGRID, POSOCO, State Renewable Energy Departments, State Electricity Regulators, Agriculture Departments, Water organizations, FIS/Banks, other relevant stakeholders.

For more information please click here.

24 March 2020

6th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

The 6th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, which was supposed to take place on 24 and 25 March 2020 is cancelled. The dialogue will continue in Berlin in 2021.

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28 April 2020

Windergy India

The 4th edition of India’s comprehensive International Trade Fair and Conference for the Wind sector, Windergy India 2020 will be held from 28 to 30 April 2020 at the India Expo Centre & Mart (IEML), Greater Noida, India. Organised by Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) and PDA Trade Fairs Pvt Ltd, the 3-day trade fair and conference will provide a vibrant platform to meet, interact and engage with policy-makers, regulatory authorities, international and domestic technology as well as solutions and service providers from the wind power industry.

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30 April 2020

Webinar on Flexibilisation of Coal Fired Power Plants

Increasing shares of variable renewables will result in new requirements for the operation of coal fired power plants. Now is the best time to prepare for the future and to acquire new skills. It is foreseen that more and more plants will participate in the day ahead market and the upcoming intraday market. Flexible operation also allows partial ramp down during midday times with high solar shares and ramp up during peak demand at night.

What is the future perspective on the need for flexible coal generation? Which experiences have been gained in Europe so far? How much flexibility can be achieved with good operational practice and maybe even without further investment? These are the questions that the webinar will focus on. 

  • "International best practices on flexibilisation of coal fired power plants – when flexibility became more important than efficiency" by Dr. Claudia Weise, VGB PowerTech e.V.
  • "On the ground experience with flexible operation in India - results of minimum load test runs and recommendations for the plant operator of the future" by Mr. A.K. Sinha, Task Force Flexibility, Indo-German Energy Forum

You are kindly invited to participate in the webinar on Thursday, 30 April 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm IST. 

Kindly click here for more information.

30 April 2020

MIIM webinar on Indian Renewable Energy Market

Make in India Mittelstand (MIIM) and IGEF-SO cordially invite you to join the MIIM webinar on "Indian Renewable Energy” on 30 April 2020 from 10:00 to 11:15 am.

The webinar will give an overview of the Indian renewable energy market (focus on solar, wind and alternative fuels) and address the potential of Indo-German cooperation in this field.

 

Click here to download the agenda and here to register.

15 May 2020

Webinar on Fast Ramping of Coal Fired Power Plants

Faster ramp rates and stable minimum load operation enable coal fired power plants to adapt to the new energy mix. Flexible operation also allows partial ramp down during midday times with high solar shares and ramp up during peak demand at night.

What is the future perspective on the need for fast ramping coal fired power plants? Which experiences have been gained in Europe so far? What is the feasibility in the context of Indian boiler design and coal?  These questions will be in the focus of the webinar.

You are kindly invited to participate in the webinar on “Fast ramping of coal fired power plants” with Welcome remarks by Shri Ramesh Babu, Director, NTPC Ltd. and Task Force Flexibility, Indo-German Energy Forum on Friday, 15th May 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm IST / 11:30 – 1:00 pm CET .

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22 May 2020

Webinar on Business Opportunities for AgroPV in India – Learnings from Europe and India

Harvesting crops and solar energy on shared land offers a promising solution for India's land and water scarcity. By now, many farmers around the globe are already cultivating their land successfully under solar panels and report even higher yields. The webinar will give insight on how to further explore business opportunities related to efficient land use for solar energy and agriculture in India.

You are kindly invited to participate in the webinar on Friday, 22 May 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm IST.

Kindly register here until Wednesday, 20th May 2020.
Please click on the link to join the webinar: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting - max. capacity is 250.

26 May 2020

Webinar on “Future of Distributed Home Storage Systems in India”

Home storage systems are essential to manage the power quality, reliability and energy access in rural areas. It is becoming a necessary system across the globe, including USA, Germany, Australia, China and India. With the shift in technology, Li-ion technology is widely accepted around the world. But in many remote areas including India and African counties lead acid and advanced lead acid batteries are used. With low cost of Solar PV & energy storage system has made the combination as a preferred choice for consumers. In Germany 200,000+ Home energy storage systems are sold and 65,000 systems sold with Solar PV. In US, the combination of the home storage system and Solar is eligible for 26% tax rebate. The Australian government also provides subsidy levels of $300 per kWh and $400 per kWh and the maximum subsidy of $4,000 for the home storage system. Globally, BYD, Tesla, Sonnen, Lg Chem are the leading players in this space.

India, predominantly uses lead acid battery for urban households back up. But with the cost reduction of Li-Ion battery, various companies tried to launch home energy storage systems. With higher adoption of rooftop solar, Solar+ energy storage system are evolving as an alternate solution for power back-ups in urban locality. Gradually, India might see a shift to grid-independent systems in coming years, and storage systems such as solar-plus-storage will see a significant boost in the market. It will also be likely to be a boom in the rural or off-grid solar + energy storage systems. There is no specific subsidy scheme by the government for home storage systems or Solar+ storage systems. But through the Saubhagya scheme, the government is trying to provide Solar+ Li-Ion battery system in remote areas for energy access. IESA estimates a potential of 8 -10 GWh for next 7 years for India.

We are happy to invite you to join IGEF - IESA open webinar on 26th May 2020 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM IST. In the webinar, experts will highlight global and India market updates and future potential for distributed home storage systems.

Please find the registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8255134807711021327

26 May 2020

Online Delegation from Germany to India by AHK India - Renewable Energy Solutions

AHK India is organising an online business delegation from Germany on the topic of “Renewable Energy Solutions (Solar and Bioenergy) for Industrial Applications” on 26 May, 2020. An Experts Symposium on 26 May 2020 will be conducted as a Webinar (14:30 hrs IST), where the German participants will present their products and services. Indian companies that are engaged in the field of renewable energy are welcome to join the symposium and meet up with German industry experts in order to explore new business possibilities. 
Please contact Ms. Dipti Kanitkar dipti.kanitkar(at)indo-german.com (+91-20-41047 121) if you have any questions.

For further information and registration please click here.

09 June 2020

Renewable Energy (REI) E-Expo 9 June 2020 | online

On 9 June, 2020 a virtual Renewable Energy India E-Expo will take place from 12:00 - 19:00 hrs IST.

Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) Support Office is organizing a virtual German Booth at the REI E-Expo 2020.

Please find the registration link for the E-Expo: https://rei.6connex.com/event/EExpo/register

The virtual trade fair will be free of cost for visitors.

We are looking forward to your visit at the German Booth!


If you want to participate in the German Booth or have any other queries, please contact Ms. Shivani Chaturvedi at shivani(at)indo-german.com

14 July 2020

Green Power 2020

The 19th edition of Green Power Conference & Expositionon Renewable Energy Technologies, the flagship event of CII in Renewable Energy is scheduled from 14 to 15 July 2020, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai.

The main objectives of Green Power Conference are:

  • Industry – Government interactions & Policy facilitation
  • RE integration in Indian Industry & Innovation in RE technologies
  • Finance facilitation for RE projects

This conference will see participation of over 500 delegates, 75+ eminent speakers from Industry and other senior Government dignitaries. The sessions cover a wide range of topics such as central and state level policies, financing, grid management and storage, electric vehicles & charging infrastructure, innovative technologies and opportunities in Wind, Solar, Biomass and Mini Hydro sectors.

Please click here for more information.

04 September 2020

RenewX Hyderabad

RenewX has been postponed to 4 to 5 September 2020. This trade fair will provide a platform that brings together stakeholders from the renewable energy sector and will help set a growth agenda for the future. There will be multiple opportunities to network with key industry experts, showcase innovations by leading manufacturers and service providers and access sector trends, all under one roof at Hytex Exhibition Centre in Hyderabad.

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14 October 2020

RE-Invest

The third Global RE-INVEST Renewable Energy Investors Meet & Expo, organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), will be held from 14 to 17 October 2020 coinciding with the third Assembly of the International  Solar Alliance (ISA). In view of COVID-19 and for contributing towards efforts to reduce global carbon footprint, the RE-INVEST 2020 related events, meetings, conference and exhibition will now be held on digital platforms. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi is expected to grace the Inaugural Ceremony.

RE-INVEST 2020 aims to accelerate the worldwide effort to scale up development and deployment of renewable energy and connect the global investment community with Indian energy stakeholders. It will feature a 3-day conference on renewables and future energy choices, and an exhibition of manufacturers, developers, investors and innovators.

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15 October 2020

3rd ISA General Assembly

The Third Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will be held on 15 October 2020 in New Delhi coinciding with the 3rd Global RE-INVEST Renewable Energy Investors Meet & Expo.

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01 December 2020

WindEnergy Hamburg

The trade fair for the wind energy industry was to take place in Hamburg from 22 to 25 September 2020 and has now been postponed to 1 to 4 December 2020. WindEnergy Hamburg presents an open conference concept for all visitors unter the theme #climatefirst: There will be three stages set-up for keynotes and panel discussions featuring international experts in the middle of the exhibition halls at Messe Hamburg. The fair will feature planners, manufacturers, suppliers and financiers as well as operators and service providers – onshore and offshore.

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10 December 2020

Renewable Energy India Expo

The 14th edition of REI Expo will take place at India Expo Center in Greater Noida from 10 to 12 December 2020. Both the exhibition and the conference provide an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and technologies, gain insights into current global trends and get connected at networking events. Last year's event attracted more than 35,000 visitors, 700 exhibitors and almost 250 conference speakers.

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15 December 2020

The smarter E India in Mumbai

With three parallel energy exhibitions, The smarter E India is India’s innovation hub for the new energy world. It presents cross-sector energy solutions and technologies and reflects the interaction of the solar, energy storage and electric mobility industry. The smarter E India addresses all the key areas along the value chain and brings together local experts and international stakeholders in the energy future. The exhibition trio with the renowned Intersolar India, ees India and Power2Drive India will take place in Mumbai from 15 to 17 December 2020.

Are you interested in participating in the German Pavilion please contact directly Mr. Marius Juschka (m.juschka(at)balland-messe.de).

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IGEF

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shaking hands.

Our Mission

The Indo-German Energy Forum was established in 2006 by the Indian Prime Minister and the German Chancellor in order to enhance and deepen the strategic dialogue about the ongoing energy transition. Since then IGEF is intensifying and deepening Indo-German cooperation between government, research institutions and the private sector.

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Our way of working

The high-level steering committee, also called “Forum”, provides a platform for high-level policy makers and representatives from industry, associations, financial institutions and research organizations from both countries. On a working level, thematic sub groups convene on a regular basis. A Support Office serves as liaison to the stakeholders and facilitates the dialogue on all levels.

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Current projects and activities

The IGEF invites stakeholders to participate in high-level policy and expert dialogue. Strategic demonstration projects, collaborative studies and reports as well as information services are major outcomes. Business roundtables, high-level delegations visits to India and Germany and participation at international trade fairs and conferences serve as input activities to the high-level dialogue.

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4 Subgroups Define Our Agenda

Subgroup I on Flexibilisation of Thermal Power Plants

Flexibilisation of thermal power plants to adapt to increasing shares of power from fluctuating renewable energy sources is one of the priority topics of Subgroup I on 'Enhancement of Power Plants'.

Subgroup II on Renewable Energies

The Subgroup II on "Renewable Energies" discusses with private sector stakeholders from India and Germany innovative business models and upcoming markets for a higher renewable energy deployment in both the countries.

Subgroup III on Energy Efficiency

The Subgroup III on 'Energy Efficiency' focuses on energy efficiency measures to achieve the energy goals of Germany and India.

Subgroup IV on Green Energy Corridors

The Subgroup IV on "Green Energy Corridors" focuses on large scale grid integration of renewable energy sources.

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“Since the flexibilisation of our electricity systems is the key to reaching our energy goals, I am highly motivated to exchange our experiences and plans as Co-Chair of the Indo-German Energy Forum.”

Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla
Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India

Facts & Figures

Installed Renewable Energy Capacity

India
108
GW
Germany
112
GW

Source: IGEF-SO on basis of MNRE, MoP, CEA, BMWi, AGEE, Fraunhofer ISE, BNetzA

Renewable Energy Capacity Additions 2017

India
13
GW
Germany
9
GW

What We Can Do For You

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Support Policy Exchange

We prepare and facilitate high-level intergovernmental meetings on energy matters in Germany and India and support the implementation of agreed activities.

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Advise decision makers

With our unique energy expertise we provide political consultancy services on strategically relevant topics, including continuous counselling as well as preparing studies, analyses, workshops, and trainings.

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Connect Business and Politics

We build bridges between politics and business and help you make your position heard in the partnership countries. Work with us and enhance your business in the policy arena.

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Enhance communication

Clear communication makes undertakings being understood and supported. We support our partners with professional online and offline communication services on the Energiewende in borh countries.

“There's more private money now being invested in renewable energy than in traditional sources.”

Rainer Baake
Former State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Partners

An Initiative by

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

www.bmwi.de

The central task of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is to reinvigorate the social market economy, stay innovative in the long term and strengthen the social fabric in Germany. The Ministry has the necessary legal, administrative and coordinating mandate to fulfil this mission, e.g. in the area of energy.

Ministry of Power, Government of India

www.powermin.nic.in

The Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India.

Partner Ministries

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

https://www.bmu.de/

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has worked to protect the public from environmental toxins and radiation and establish an intelligent and efficient use of raw materials; it has advanced climate action and promoted a use of natural resources that conserves biodiversity and secures habitats.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

www.bmz.de

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India

www.mnre.gov.in

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India.

Implemented by

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

www.giz.de/en

For over 60 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development. Currently, GIZ has over 330 employees in India, of whom 85 per cent are national personnel.

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau

www.kfw.de

The German KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) is the world largest national development bank.

Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

www.beeindia.in

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India was set-up to develop policies and strategies on self-regulation and market principles, within the framework of Energy Conservation Act, 2001 with the primary objective of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy.

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