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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. 35 SDAs have been notified under EC Act. Out of these 35 SDAs, 16 are Renewable Energy Development Agencies, 4 are Power Department of State Governments, 7 are Electrical Inspectorate offices, 6 are Distribution Companies and 2 are “stand-alone” SDAs. 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 two schemes are responsible for supporting the SDAs to carry out requisite activities:
  • Providing financial assistance to the State Designated Agencies to coordinate, regulate and enforce efficient use of energy and its conservation.
  • Contribution to State Energy Conservation Fund (SECF).
The activities covered under each scheme are as follows:


Providing financial assistance to the State Designated Agencies to coordinate, regulate and enforce efficient use of energy and its conservation:
  • State Partnership for Energy Efficiency Demonstrations (SPEED) – About 90 demonstration projects mainly in areas of street lighting, water pumping and waste heat recovery have been successfully implemented by the SDAs. These projects have been successful in facilitating most of the state governments in replicating the demonstrated technology through various departments / agencies.
  • Model Energy Efficient Village Campaign – The LED Village Campaign has been successfully implemented by 25 states.
  • Institutionalization of Enforcement Machinery at state level
  • Manpower support to SDAs
  • State Energy Efficiency Research & Outreach Programme
  • Workshops / Capacity Building of energy professionals – Over  200 workshops / capacity building programmes involving Energy Managers / Energy Auditors, Designated Consumers (DCs), Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), building professionals, architects, equipment / appliance manufacturers, Financial Institutions (FIs) etc. have been organized by the SDAs during the XII plan.
  • Maintenance and updation of Internet Platform and other database created on energy efficiency – All the SDAs have established dedicated website highlighting energy efficiency measures undertaken in the State. The websites are linked with that of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and with other SDAs to facilitate ease of information exchange.
  • Analysis and survey of the impact of energy conservation activities by SDAs.
​​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. The SECF is used as an instrument to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects through market transformation. For undertaking energy efficiency projects, major part of the fund disbursed under SECF is to be earmarked separately as Revolving Investment Fund (RIF). This RIF may be used to finance implementation of various energy efficiency projects. Till date, 28 states have constituted SECF out of which about 24 states have also provided matching contribution.


Portal on State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index


List of SDAs


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