Constructing Energy Awareness Platform On WordPress
Power & Electricity
Repository Creation, Microsite Creation, Curation of Case Studies
Create an Online Tool to Facilitate a Database on Energy Efficiency
The Government of India set up the organization to assist in developing policies and strategies with the primary objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy.
Customer coordinates with designated consumers, agencies, and other organizations to recognize, identify, and utilize the existing resources and infrastructure. Another aspect of Customer is to create awareness and disseminate information on energy efficiency and conservation.
Customer, in conjunction with WRI initiated the creation of Urja Dakshata Information Tool (UDIT) to facilitate a database on energy efficiency and spread awareness about the ongoing initiatives and its impact in the Indian energy sector.
UDIT was visualized as a user-friendly platform that explained the energy efficiency landscape of India across industry, appliances, building, transport, municipal and agriculture sectors. In addition, UDIT would showcase the capacity building and new initiatives taken up by the Government across the sectors in the increased energy efficiency domain.
We had to present the information on the website in a way that gave the audience an incentive to come back for more. Both well-versed researchers/policymakers and laymen should be able to understand the presented information so as to capture the audience’s interest and present data-intensive information in a simple way.
Each sector that consumes energy in India is under the purview of different ministries and departments. The lack of standard and clean data required coordinating with each department to collect data which included multiple levels of approval, a time-consuming process that made following a conventional project lifecycle approach impossible.
Facing a Challenge?
What We Did?
First, a joint meeting of sector department heads was convened where the data and gaps were discussed in detail, and a resolution was found to tackle the gargantuan task of data collection by gathering from various sources such as Customer schemes data, KPMG report, Unnati website.
As data from different sources was structured differently, it had to be mined, and structured to be useful to the data visualization tools in creating various analyses. A senior data consultant was deployed to design a master data structure that standardized the data collection process.
The platform was then designed to highlight the data insights in the form of data visualizations. The Home Page showcased the country’s macro snapshot of energy efficiency along with giving visual insights into the central schemes under Customer requirements. There were add-on features that depicted- data visualization at sector levels of energy savings, carbon emissions, and monetary savings due to the energy efficiency schemes, news, and events from each scheme and success stories categorized at an international, national, and scheme level.
The main menu of the platform took users to internal chapters for each scheme, which was categorized according to the sectors showcasing energy efficiency programs under industries, buildings, appliances, and municipalities. The main menu featured Customer’s capacity building initiative in the distribution and transmission sector and a Data Explorer for additional analysis for advanced users.
The website had to be a microsite to customer and should therefore link all the scheme-specific sites maintained by Customer. The USP of the platform was its Dashboard (Data Explorer), Integration of energy efficiency with supply-side and Indian energy efficiency success stories pages.
The dashboard allowed a map view and graphical visualization view. This was created for advanced users who wanted to analyze using the functionality of comparing variables within sectors, deep dive into sub-sectors of a scheme, multi-select variables from external sources to draw comparisons with energy efficiency schemes.
Furthermore, the energy efficiency schemes were a demand management side of the larger spectrum. The platform gave a provision to link with external sites that gave the different sources of energy supply in India. We also did some storytelling around the link between Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through the platform on the Dashboard.
Showing a collection of international, national, and scheme level success stories in the energy efficiency space helped with the effectiveness of the platform. These were cataloged chronologically to showcase the latest achievement and give access to archives.
UDIT turned into a platform that lets the audience engage and interact with the site. It was the first step towards a one-stop energy awareness program for India.
EbizON had developed the platform keeping in mind not only the immediate use and its impact but also the scalability and maintainability of the platform. The data visualizations and information elements of the site were dynamic and engaging that made this platform a one-stop solution for energy data queries and analysis.
An attempt was also made to smoothen the process to update this data in the future, making this site easily maintainable. Templates were defined and shared with the Customer team. The recommendation was to use these templates to gather data in the future. This allowed the Customer team to easily import the new data into the database and update the visualizations with new data.
The direct effect of this approach was to enhance the operational efficiency of data collection and utilization for the various Indian ministries and their internal departments such as the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Through this initiative, it is expected to save around 2.8 Billion Units by FY 2030, which is equivalent to Green House Gas (GHG) reduction of 2.4-million-ton Carbon Dioxide. The projected efficiency improvement is between 42% to 65%.