Demand-Side Energy Efficiency Sector Project (ADB-48224-002)

  • India
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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Sep 30, 2016
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  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 26, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Nov 9, 2016

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Project Description


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a loan to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), to be guaranteed by the Government of India, to support demand-side energy efficiency investments in several Indian states. EESL was set up as a government-owned energy services company (ESCO) to facilitate energy efficiency investments, including work designing, implementing, monitoring and investing in energy efficiency projects. ADB's loan will cover high-priority areas under EESL's ESCO business namely through use of: (i) more efficient light-emitting diode (LED) municipal street lighting equipped with remote operating technology; (ii) more efficient domestic lighting through replacement of incandescent lights with LEDs; and (iii) more energy efficient agricultural water pumps. EESL estimates that energy savings of 80% can be achieved in the domestic lighting programs and 30% can be achieved with more efficient pumps. Savings will result in lower electricity bills for consumers, peak power shaving, and reduced commercial losses for distribution companies. The project will also demonstrate the potential for energy efficiency achievements and scalability of the ESCO model for realizing energy savings in India.


The government has determined that increased end-use efficiency is critical to contain energy demand without jeopardizing growth. In 2015, the government pledged to reduce the energy intensity of its economy by 33%-35% below 2005 levels by 2030. A recent ADB report suggested that achieving an intermediate target of 20%-25% energy intensity reduction by 2022 will require investing approximately $68 billion in efficiency measures. But realizing the potential of energy efficiency in India faces several barriers: (i) regulatory challenges as electricity is subsidized and energy efficiency programs are voluntary; (ii) institutional challenges as capacity to support needed scaling of energy efficiency is limited; (iii) financing the up-front costs can be high for energy efficiency technologies, but project sizes are small from a lender's perspective, and returns may be difficult to analyze; and (iv) limited understanding of energy efficiency technologies and associated benefits limit the uptake.


Market for energy-efficient technologies expanded (National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency)

Emissions intensity of economy reduced (India''s intended nationally determined contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)


It is unknown whether any project implementation consultants would be hired under this loan. If so, quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10 will be used. The consultants will be engaged in accordance with Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2013, as amended from time to time)


Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) will serve as the executing agency and will implement all subprojects under the ADB loan. ADB assistance will be used to support municipal, domestic and agricultural energy efficiency projects already identified by EESL. A project director within EESL will oversee implementation of projects under the ADB loan and GEF grant will coordinate the individual subprojects across all municipalities and distribution companies and ensure compliance with ADB requirements.

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Responsible ADB Officer Acharya, Jiwan S.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies Energy Efficiency Services Limited
A-13, IWAU Building, 4th Floor Sector-1, Noida - 201301 Uttar Pradesh