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Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme

This topic provides information about Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme .

Home to one of the world’s biggest municipal systems, India is plagued by high operating expenses in the supply of water. Anywhere between 40% to 60 % of energy costs arise only from supplying water, and an estimated 4800 million units in electricity is wasted every year due to inefficient water pumps. India has immense potential to tap into savings from Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme (MEEP), which include retrofitting inefficient municipality pump sets.

Hence, to facilitate market transformation and replicate Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme (MEEP) on a large scale in India, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector entity under Ministry of Power, Government of India have jointly taken up an initiative that will enable replacement of inefficient pumps in Public Water Works & Sewerage Systems at no upfront cost to the Municipal bodies. The investment will be recovered from the savings in energy.


Energy audit and energy consumption optimization are mandatory reforms under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Accordingly, the objective of the MEEP is to provide an overarching framework in order to facilitate engagement between Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and State Governments/ UTs with EESL in the area of Energy Efficiency Programme in Public Water Works & Sewerage Systems in 500 nos. of Indian cities. It is also desired that using the mandate and core competency of EESL, the preparation and implementation of projects in Municipal Energy Efficiency are fast-tracked.

Pan - India saving potential

Through energy audit, it has been determined that, energy costs accounts for 40% to 60% of the operating expense of supplying water in India. By becoming Energy Efficient, ULBs can reap

  • Energy savings of 20% to 40%
  • Approximately 4800 MUs of energy savings per annum
  • Avoid the need for an additional capacity of more than 3300 MW
  • Reduction of 3.9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum
  • Monetary savings of approximately  Rs 3200 Crores per annuum


  • Energy Audit and preparation of IGEA for 500 AMRUT Smart cities by March 2018
  • Replacement of Energy Efficient Pumpset in 100 AMRUT/ Smart cities by 2018.
  • Replacement of Energy Efficient Pumpset in balance AMRUTA/Smart cities by March 2019.

Benefits to the state Govts / UTs / ULBs

  • No upfront capital Investment for Energy efficiency projects.
  • Repair and Maintenance of the replaced pump set by EESL for the project duration
  • Stride in achieving goals of the Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT Mission
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Reduced cost of service and operation
  • Reduced Carbon footprint

Present status

The present status of implementation can be accessed at http://meep.eeslindia.org/dashboard/.

Source : EESL

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