Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

  The Government of India set up Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) (Website: http://www.bee-india.nic.in) on 1st March 2002 under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The mission of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency is to assist in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market pri nciples, within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 with the primary objective of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy. This will be achieved with active participation of all stakeholders, resulting in accelerated and sustained adoption of energy efficiency in all sectors.

Role of BEE
BEE co-ordinates with designated consumers, designated agencies and other organizations and recognize, identify and utilize the existing resources and infrastructure, in performing the functions assigned to it under the Energy Conservation Act. The Energy Conservation Act provides for regulatory and promotional functions.

The Major Regulatory Functions of BEE include: 

Develop minimum energy performance standards and labelling design for equipment and appliances
Develop specific Energy Conservation Building Codes
Activities focussing on designated consumers
Develop specific energy consumption norms 
Certify Energy Managers and Energy Auditors 
Accredit Energy Auditors 
Define the manner and periodicity of mandatory energy audits 
Develop reporting formats on energy consumption and action taken on the recommendations of the energy auditors 
The Major Promotional Functions of BEE include:

Create awareness and disseminate information on energy efficiency and conservation 
Arrange and organize training of personnel and specialists in the techniques for efficient use of energy and its conservation
Strengthen consultancy services in the field of energy conservation 
Promote research and development 
Develop testing and certification procedures and promote testing facilities
Formulate and facilitate implementation of pilot projects and demonstration projects
Promote use of energy efficient processes, equipment, devices and systems
Take steps to encourage preferential treatment for use of energy efficient equipment or appliances 
Promote innovative financing of energy efficiency projects
Give financial assistance to institutions for promoting efficient use of energy and its conservation 
Prepare educational curriculum on efficient use of energy and its conservation
Implement international co-operation programmes relating to efficient use of energy and its conservation