India Energy Modeling Forum
- Recently, in the joint working group meeting of the Sustainable Growth Pillar, an India Energy Modeling Forum(IEMF) was launched.
- In March, 2019, the NITI Aayog and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized the first workshop on development of the IEMF.
- It has been envisaged as a pan-stakeholder platform for debating ideas, scenario-planning & discussing the India's energy future.
- Sustainable Growth Pillar is an important pillar of India–US Strategic Energy Partnership co-chaired by NITI Aayog and USAID.
- The SG pillar entails energy data management, energy modelling and collaboration on low carbon technologies as three key activities.
- Provide a platform to examine important energy and environmental related issues;
- Inform decision-making process to the Indian government;
- Improve cooperation between modelling teams, government, and knowledge partners, funders;
- Facilitate exchange of ideas, ensure production of high-quality studies;
- Identify knowledge gaps at different levels and across different areas;
- Build capacity of Indian institutions.
- The forum would include knowledge partners, data agencies and concerned government ministries.
- NITI Aayog will initially coordinate the activities of the forum and finalizing its governing structure.
- Energy modelling can play an important role in decision-making.
- It particularly laid focus on bridging the rural-urban divide and factoring in energy pressures from the informal economy within models.
Energy Modelling Forum (EMF)
Guiding Goals: Three major goals guide this effort:
- Energy modeling is a pre-construction, whole-building assessment of energy efficiency that uses computer programs for calculations.
- A model of the entire building is created on a com That model is then run through computer simulations to show energy performance, usually for an entire year based on meteorological information.
- Energy modeling accounts for all systems within a building and examines how they impact each other.
- For instance, while a certain lighting system may be extremely bright, it may release excessive heat that the building’s cooling system must offset in the summer months.
- Building Owners: Energy modeling helps them maximize investment before construction.
- Building Occupants: Energy modeling helps keep tenants comfortable throughout the year, while also cutting down on their energy bill costs.
- Engineers: Energy modeling allows engineers to see important data all in one place, without referring to dozens of enormous, unwieldy spreadsheets.
- Manufacturers: Those who create construction materials love energy modeling because it allows them to showcase their products’ energy efficiency and long-term cost savings prior to construction.
- Environment: Buildings hog a large portion of our energy expenditure. If every new building was optimized for energy efficiency with energy modeling, we could significantly cut our energy usage and carbon footprint.