Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment (BIJLEE)
Policy measure

According to its official homepage (2011), “the Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment (BIJLEE) is a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the government, private sector and educational institutions of US and India to assist both countries adopt pathways and approaches for reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) while pursuing sustainable economic development. BIJLEE will bring together researchers to develop energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies, and policy mechanisms to transfer these technologies to the marketplace with the goal of combating climate change while promoting clean energy and economic growth.

BIJLEE will formalize and expand research relevant to India that has been ongoing for 20 years with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, State Department, EPA, and AID, international institutions, and philanthropic foundations with the support of the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, California utility companies and other institutions. This research has been conducted in partnership with several Indian research and academic institutions including the Delhi School of Economics, Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institutes of Technology, International Institute for Energy Conservation, International Institute of Information Technology, Jadavpur University, Prayas Energy Group, The Energy Research Institute.

Other partners include the Confederation of Indian Industry, ITC Ltd., Satyam Computers, Tata Power, Reliance Energy, MSEDCL, BEST, and other utility and private companies. The work of these Indian institutions has received financial and in-kind support from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, Ministry of Environment and Forests, and other national and state agencies. In addition to the aforementioned supportes, BIJLEE’s future efforts in India will be supported by the Chatterjee Group in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology, Infosys and other private companies, and international philanthropic foundations.

The goal of BIJLEE is to spark innovations in policy as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that could transform the path India and the US adopt in the future.

BIJLEE will initially conduct RD&D in three areas:

  • Policies for demand-side management (DSM) in electric utilities, product standards and labels, and benchmarking.

  • Design and operation of energy-efficient buildings.

  • Energy conversion and storage technologies such as batteries, photovoltaics, and thermoelectrics.”

“BIJLEE is involved in programs under the four major categories of buildings, electricity and power, forestry, and industry, and many projects are crosscutting activities under two or more categories. These program categories fall under the following broad sectors: economics, simulation and modeling, policy, research and development (R&D), technical analysis, and technology demonstration and deployment.” (BIJLEE, n.d.)


The following two initiatives focus on the industrial sector (BIJLEE, n.d.):

  • Data Center Energy Efficiency Initiative: Working with the Indian government and industry, BIJLEE is working to develop and expand a national initiative to improve energy performance in data centers (now growing at 30%/year per Confederation of Indian Industry).

  • Industrial Energy Use and Economic Analysis: Primarily focused on economic modeling of energy use in up to 10 key energy-intensive industries such as iron and steel and cement. Data have been collected for energy use by selected unit processes and technologies, and models have been used to estimate cost-effectiveness and carbon benefits of energy-efficiency options. These provide a basis for projecting low carbon futures and setting efficiency policies.”

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BIJLEE (Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment), n.d. BIJLEE: Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment. Available at: B

BIJLEE (Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment), 2011. Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment: A Public-Private Partnership for Clean Energy Advancement. Available at: