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Monday, 22 December 2014

Rising Demand for Energy Auditors and Energy Managers

"There is a huge potential for energy saving in India."
Government of India enacted the Energy Conservation Act (ECA) 2001, which provides the necessary legal framework, institutional arrangements and a regulatory mechanism for the much needed energy conservation and energy efficiency drives in the country. 

Energy efficiency is very important to all organizations particularly to energy intensive units. Institutions and organizations looking for more financial return opt for superior energy management. A sound and effective energy management system is a pre-requisite for identifying and implementing energy conservation measures, and sustaining the momentum. 

Support of top management, good strategy, effective monitoring system, and adequate technical ability are the four essential requirements for a successful energy management.

What is Energy Audit?
"Energy audit is an in-depth and detailed study of a facility or organization to find out how and where energy is being used, to identify opportunities to eliminate energy wastage, and to evaluate the economics and technical possibilities of implementing the suggestions."
It is also defined as the verification, monitoring and analysis of use of energy. Energy audit also includes the submission of technical report containing recommendations for improving energy efficiency with cost benefit analysis and an action plan to increase energy efficiency.   

Provisions in Energy Conservation Act 2001

The EC Act 2001 mandates designated consumers of energy to get regular energy audits carried out. Certain minimum specific energy consumption limits are being set up under the mandate of this Act. Establishments and organization, having a connected electrical load of 500 kVA and more, come under the category of designated consumer. 

Several states in India, for example Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Delhi etc. have made energy audit compulsory for all industrial consumers whose connected load exceeds 500 kVA. The energy audit of these establishments is to be carried out once every year by certified energy auditors and managers. 

The report of the audit is to be submitted to the power department of the state government. All other states in the country are in the process of implementing the same. This means that there will be a huge demand for Energy Auditors and Energy Managers in the country in the coming years, as one can predict.

National level certification examination for Energy Auditors and Energy Managers

In India, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is conducting a national certification examination for Energy Auditors and Energy Managers each year since 2004. Passing of these examinations is the qualification needed for an engineer to be designated as Certified Energy Auditors and Energy Managers

The eligibility for the examination is a graduate engineer (BE/B-Tech or equivalent) with 3 years experience in an organization where energy is used for its operation, maintenance etc. The work experience in case of post graduate engineers is relaxed by one year.