State Designated Agencies (SDAs) have been notified by the State Governments under section 15 (d) of the EC Act, 2001 by assigning additional responsibilities to the existing departments. 33 SDAs have been notified under EC Act. In addition to this, Jammu & Kashmir has enacted legislation in line with EC Act and established an agency. Out of 34 SDAs, 15 are Renewable Energy Development Agencies, 9 are Power Department of State Governments, 6 are Electrical Inspectorate offices, 3 are Distribution Companies and 1 is “stand-alone” SDA. The major roles and responsibilities of SDAs are to coordinate, regulate and enforce the various provisions of the Act in the State level.
The following 3 sub-schemes are being approved for supporting State Designated Agencies during XII Plan:
Providing financial assistance to the State Designated Agencies to strengthen their institutional capacities and capabilities
Contribution to State Energy Conservation Fund
Human Resource Development for Promoting Energy Efficiency
The sub-scheme wise physical components and financial implications are provided below:
Providing financial assistance to the State Designated Agencies to strengthen their institutional capacities and capabilities: It is broadly divided into four components namely, demonstration projects to showcase the effectiveness of the most energy efficient technology including LED Village Campaign, institutionalization of enforcement machinery at the state level programmes, manpower support to smoothly coordinate, regulate and enforce energy efficiency in the States and dissemination of knowledge to various stakeholders through workshops, training programmes, impact analysis, publicity / awareness, maintenance of internet platform etc.
Contribution to State Energy Conservation Fund (SECF): Clause 16 (1) of the Energy Conservation Act 2001 requires State Governments / U.T. Administrations to constitute a fund called SECF for the purpose of promotion of efficient use of energy and its conservation within the State. In this context, a scheme titled Contribution to State Energy Conservation Fund (SECF) by the Government of India was approved during the 11th plan with an outlay of Rs 66 crores and is continued during the 12th plan with a budget outlay of Rs 50 crores. Till date, 26 states have constituted SECF out of which about 16 states have also provided matching contribution.
Human Resource Development for Promoting Energy Efficiency: The outlay approved for this sub scheme is Rs 20 crores. Out of this, an amount of Rs. 15 crores is for the theory cum practice oriented training programme and Rs.5 crores is for Energy Audit Instrument Support.