The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is an agency of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Power created in March 2002 under the provisions of the nation's 2001 Energy Conservation Act. The agency's function is to develop programs which will increase the conservation and efficient use of energy in India. The government has proposed to make it mandatory for certain appliances in India to have ratings by the BEE starting in January 2010. The mission of Bureau of Energy Efficiency is to "institutionalise" energy efficiency services, enable delivery mechanisms in the country and provide leadership to energy efficiency in all sectors of the country. The primary objective would be to reduce energy intensity in the economy.
|Formation||1 March 2002|
|Type||Autonomous Government Agency|
|Legal status||Constituted by Energy Conservation Act, 2001.|
|Purpose||Development of policies and strategies, with an emphasis on self-regulation and market principles under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.|
|Ministry of Power|
The broad objectives of BEE are as follows:
Energy Audit : The Government of India has identified certain energy intensive industries labelled as 'designated consumers', and made it compulsory for them to conduct Energy Audits following the ‘Bureau of Energy Efficiency (Manner and Intervals of Time for Conduct of Energy Audit) Regulations, 2010’ It has declared new energy standards for ACs which will be applicable from 1 January 2021.
Energy Efficient Lamps: Bachat Lamp Yojana is a voluntary participation program that provides Energy Efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) at the same cost as regular incandescent bulbs. Participant investors in the sales earn internationally tradeable carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. 
Standards and Labeling: The BEE has made it mandatory for certain high energy use consumer equipment and appliances to be tested and labeled with their energy performance in order for consumers to be able to make an informed choice about their purchases. The program also allows for some classes of products to volunteer for testing and labeling. The program includes outreach and workshops for sellers to understand the labeling and the cost and energy saving potential of rated equipment and appliances in order for them to inform customers.  The program includes a searchable database for consumers to compare products.