Mumbai Energy Alliance launches

21 August 2009

On August 20, The Climate Group in partnership with the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) helped launch the Mumbai Energy Alliance (MEA) in India.

Based on the pioneering model of the Cambridge Energy Alliance, the MEA will work to deliver large-scale and collaborative implementation of energy-efficient projects across the Greater Mumbai region. It aims to cut the city's long-term energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

How it works

The Alliance is based on the idea that scale attracts finance. So, in order to secure the necessary innovative financing, energy efficiency and climate change interventions must be bundled into packages of reasonable scale.

Working closely with utilities and suppliers, financial institutions, government, community-based organizations and the media, the MEA will help develop and deliver large-scale energy efficiency programs citywide - from LED street-lighting and efficient space conditioning to building smart grids and pumping the municipal water supply.

Its first focus will be developing and delivering improvements in Mumbai's electricity market.

The launch event

Over 100 stakeholders from business, government, public interest groups and the meida, attended the August 20th launch event, with Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India presiding. Mr Anil Razdan, ex-Secretary, Ministry of Power was also in attendance.

Dr. Nitin Pandit of the IIEC said, "I believe the Mumbai Energy Alliance will provide a platform for collaborative and integrated approach to implement energy efficiency projects on a large scale in all consumer segments.

"The need to conserve energy is here and now and it is a responsibility of all stakeholders in the city."

Preeti Malhotra, India Director of The Climate Group, said, "The Climate Group is looking forward to partnering with the Mumbai Energy Alliance to promote leadership in advancing energy efficiency and low carbon solutions in Mumbai."

The launch was a part of Empower India 2009, a three-day exhibition of energy-efficient products and technologies, and a symposium on energy efficiency, jointly organized by Urjavaran Foundation and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE),

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