The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (SOI - under process of signature) The Statement of Interest (SOI) will be signed between NITI Aayog, Government of India and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago – India. EPIC-India and NITI Aayog have numerous similar research interests and policy aims in the field of energy and environment policy. Hence, the overall objective of the SOI is to use EPIC-India’s expertise with electricity sector reform, energy modelling, economics and policy to provide valuable and relevant insights to NITI Aayog.
U.S. Energy Information AdministrationStatement of Principles between NITI Aayog and the United States Energy information Administration (EIA) and USAID was signed on 10th August 2016 to promote co-operation in the area of energy data management (EDM). Planned areas of cooperation span the ares of EDM and may include (a) adapting EIA best practices to the Indian context; (b) sharing methodological approaches towards improving the accuracy, availability and timeliness of energy data; (c) sharing analysis tools; and (d) compiling lessons in EDM institutional design, including structure, authority, budget, manpower and other activities.
United State Agency for International Development (USAID)Statement of Principle (SOP) on Collaboration on Sustainable Growth under Indo – US Energy dialogue was signed between Planning Commission and United State Agency for International Development (USAID) on 7 th May, 2013 and has been renewed for continued cooperation.. The aim is to provide a framework for joint cooperation to advance Indian and US. capacity to develop long-term plans and strategies through the exchange of knowledge and technical expertise.
The partnership envisions both the parties to work together as Joint Working Group so as to prioritize the undertaken actions based upon their positive impact on advancing Indian and US capacity to develop long-term plans and strategies for low carbon inclusive growth. Areas of cooperation may include; (a) methodological approaches, (b) analytical tools, (c) data and data management systems, (d) best practices and (e) options for the development and adoption of clean technologies.
The cooperation would also explore detailed implementation strategies, including financing plans and mechanisms to mobilize private investment in low carbon growth. The said collaboration would be conducted through workshops, trainings, discussions, technical exchanges, technical task forces, joint studies and specific projects under the existing US-India Energy Dialogue Working Group, the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), and the Partnership Agreement for the Sustainable Forests and Climate Adaptation Project.
United Kingdom Department of Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyBoth India and UK face significant alterations and challenges to their respective energy systems. In view of that on 1 st August 2013 the Government of India (Planning Commission) and the UK Government (Department of Energy and Climate Change) signed a 'Statement of Principles for developing a 2050 Pathways Calculator for India'.
The Aim of the cooperation is to continue in-depth information exchange between energy and emissions modelling experts from both the Governments in order to further strengthen and update their respective analysis. Open and in-depth information exchanges on the latest analysis methodologies can significantly improve mutual understanding, risk/opportunity assessments as well as the wider public debate around these challenges. In February 2014, the cooperation resulted in the publication of the 'India Energy Security Scenarios 2047'.
The Statement of Principles expired in July, 2014. However, building on the successful achievement of the aims of the original SoP both Governments extended the mutually beneficial cooperation by widening as well as deepening the original aims until 2016. Extending the cooperation between the IESS 2047 and the UK 2050 Calculator will provide mutual benefit in three critical areas -
Development Research Centre of the State Council of the People's Republic of ChinaIn order to harness momentous opportunities offered by the world, China and India, two major powers of Asia, agreed to join hands to redefine their global role play in 21 st century. The players opined that working together of two biggest emerging economies to achieve the same goal of national development on the international platform would lead to a more robust, fast paced growth.
Hence, on 15 th May 2015, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between NITI Aayog, Government of India and the Development Research Centre of the State Council, China to promote cooperation mechanism and understanding on various strategic macro- economic and policy issues. It also aims to enhance cooperation between the financial regulators and enterprises of the two countries in support of the building of the Closer Developmental Partnership.
The partnership looks forward to exchange mechanism of policies, research materials and information on the public domain. In order to enhance communication, regular exchange programs/ visits has been planned to hold consultations, joint studies, researches, workshops and seminars on issues pertaining to regional and global importance.
Internation Energy Agency (IEA)On 4 th March 2016 a Statement of Intent (SOI) between NITI Aayog and International Energy Agency (IEA) was signed to promote co-operation relating to energy sector analysis and planning, energy sector modelling and forecasting and seeking broader dissemination of best practices of energy sector analysis, modelling and forecasting techniques and a strategy towards development of human resource in the energy sector.
The intended cooperation on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit can help in achieving –
Exchange of technical know-how, experience and information concerning electronic gathering, processing and dissemination of statistical data, statistical methods, analytical techniques, and econometric models used to analyse energy sector trends and prepare scenarios and make future projections.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)On September, 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed and LBNL MOU to explore potential future collaboration in the field of Energy Sector Planning from various perspectives, ensuring affordability, enhancing energy security, and meeting environmental goals.
The MoU intended to endeavor to promote information exchanges and joint research and dissemination activities in the following area –
Institute of Energy Economic, Japan (IEEJ)In order to examine and understand various energy sector related issues in the world such as resource availability, production, consumption, sectoral demands, local and global environmental impacts and implications of changes in energy prices and technology, it is important to analyse the energy sector in a comprehensive manner using an appropriate set of tools. The understanding thus gained can inform energy policy formulation. And in order to foster such understanding and cooperation in Energy Sector and analysing issues related to the energy sector a Statement of Intent (SOI) was signed between NITI Aayog and Institute of Energy Economic, Japan (IEEJ).
The cooperation for analysing challenges related to the energy sector rooted in the Indian context includes the following activities –