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Energy Service Companies (ESCOs)  is a company that offers energy services, usually design, retrofitting and implementation of energy efficiency projects after identifying energy saving opportunities through energy audit of existing facilities. It also includes energy infrastructure outsourcing, power generation and energy supply, financing or assist Facility’s Owners in arranging finances for energy efficiency projects. ESCOs operates by providing a savings guarantee, risk management in the implementation of the energy efficiency projects and also perform measurement & verification(M&V) activities to quantify actual energy savings post implementation of energy efficiency projects etc.

BEE does empanelment of ESCOs through a process of grading carried out by SEBI Accredited rating agencies CRISIL/ CARE Advisory Research, Training Ltd /ICRA Analytics Ltd , IRR Advisory Services Private Limited, SMERA Gradings and Ratings Private Limited. indicating capability in implementation of energy efficiency projects through performance contracting based on availability of technical manpower, financial strength, market position etc. Currently, 149 ESCOs are empaneled by BEE. The energy efficiency market in India is estimated to be worth INR 150,000 Crore, out of which only 5% potential has been tapped by ESCOs so far. Accordingly, a significant Energy Efficiency  potential is left untapped in India and ESCOs are supposed to be the main vehicle to harness this potential.

For capacity building of ESCOs, BEE in partnership with State Designated Agencies and with the technical support from IFC, has proposed to conduct 5 training workshops for capacity building of ESCOs ( also includes Accredited and certified Energy auditors/ Energy professionals/ energy managers) on energy efficiency financing. Till date, 4 regional training workshops has been organized for capacity building of ESCOs in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Bhubaneswar and fifth training workshop is proposed to be organize Chennai. Approximately, 310 energy professionals have undergone training on Energy Efficiency financing, emerging areas of Energy Efficiency technologies, Measurement & Verification protocols, Baseline estimation techniques, Risk Mitigation in implementing Energy Efficiency Projects etc. through these training workshops.  

BEE has been organizing Facilitation program by bringing together end-users, ESCOs, Technology providers, Financial Institutions, DISCOMs, Government agencies etc. on a single platform to accelerate uptake of Energy Efficiency Projects through ESCO route. A program was being organized with the support of Energy Efficiency & REM, SDA Delhi (Government of Delhi) and Tata Power DDL on 9th December, 2019 in New Delhi. The workshop comprises of presentations on case studies, best practices and financing instruments for creating awareness amongst the end users on energy services available with the ESCOs, Equipment manufacturers and technology service providers to identify, analysis and recommend the optimal solutions and options.

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