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Preparation Guide for BEE Certified Energy Manager & Energy Auditor Exam 2024 (24th NCE), Guidebooks & Previous Exams solved papers.

NEED FOR NATIONAL LEVEL CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION


The Government of India has enacted The Energy Conservation Act, 2001 (No 52 of 2001, 29th September 2001) with effect from 1st March 2002. The Act provides mainly for efficient use of energy and its conservation and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. As per the Energy Conservation Act 2001, it is mandatory for all the designated energy consumers to get energy audit conducted by an Accredited Energy Auditor [under clause 14(h) and 14(i)] and to designate or appoint an Energy Manager [under clause 14(l)]. The Government of India has notified the list of designated consumers and the details are available at www.beeindia.gov.in. Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under Ministry of Power, Government of India, is empowered to specify the regulations and mechanism to meet the above objectives


The essential qualification for a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Auditor is passing of a National Level Certification Examination, conducted by a National Certifying Agency that will establish a uniform criterion for the certification of Energy Managers/Energy Auditors and will also ensure that services of qualified persons, having the requisite knowledge on the subject are readily available to the industry. The certification examination will be conducted based on the syllabus approved by the Bureau. The proposed syllabus will undergo revision from time to time based on the feedback and future developments. The requisite revision will be carried out by the national level certification agency in consultation with the bureau from time to time.


ROLE & IMPORTANCE OF CERTIFIED ENERGY MANAGER (CEM)


Certified Energy Manager occupies an important position and is the focal point of all the activities pertaining to energy management in the organization. The certified energy manager provides leadership in the formulation of corporate energy policy and development of Energy Management Action Plan. Certified Energy managers also perform the activities related to Plant Energy Management, Project Management, Personnel Management and Financial Management at the plant level. He also prepares the information to be submitted to the Designated Agency with regard to the energy consumed and actions taken on the recommendations of the Accredited Energy Auditor [Clause 14(k)].


Responsibilities and Duties of Certified Energy Manager (CEM):


a) Establish an energy conservation cell & prepare annual activity plan.

b) Develop and manage training programs for energy efficiency at operating levels.

c) Develop integrated system of energy efficiency and environmental improvement.

d) Initiate activities to improve monitoring and process control to reduce energy costs.

e) Coordinate implementation of energy audit/efficiency improvement projects through external agencies.

f) Establish / participate in information exchange with other energy managers of the same sector.

g) Provide required information to the BEE and Designated Agency of the respective States demanded in the Act.


ROLE & IMPORTANCE OF CERTIFIED ENERGY AUDITOR (CEA)


Energy Audit involves in a systematic study undertaken on major energy consuming sections and equipment including construction of heat and mass balance with a view to identify the flow of energy, efficient use of energy in each of the steps and pin-point wastage of energy. A well- conducted energy audit would reveal the areas of wastage of energy and lead to suggestions for possible energy savings. The Energy Conservation Act requires that every designated consumer shall get energy audit carried out by an Accredited Energy Auditor in a manner and interval of time as specified. The Certified Energy Auditor, as such, is not authorized to conduct such mandatory energy audits under the EC Act. However, certification is one of the prerequisites along with other conditions, which have to be fulfilled by an energy auditor before applying for accreditation by the Bureau.

The energy audit report is to contain recommendations for improving energy efficiency with cost benefit analysis and an action plan to reduce energy consumption [Clause 14(i)]. The conduct of energy audit and implementation of its recommendations on cost-benefit basis through accredited energy auditors is expected to help the designated energy consumers to achieve significant reduction in their energy consumption levels. Responsibilities and


Duties of Certified Energy Auditor (CEA):


a) Carry out a detailed energy audit.

b) Quantify energy consumption and establish base line energy information.

c) Construct energy and material balance.

d) Perform efficiency evaluation of energy & utility systems.

e) Compare energy norms with existing energy consumption levels.

f) Identify and prioritize of energy saving measures.

g) Analyses of technical and financial feasibility of energy saving measures.

h) Recommend energy efficient technologies and alternate energy sources.

i) Report writing, presentation and follow up for implementation.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND GUIDELINES


(A) CERTIFIED ENERGY MANAGERS (CEM):

Candidates appearing for energy manager’s certification examination shall possess any one of the following qualifications:

1. A Graduate Engineer or Graduate Architect along with THREE YEARS of work experience involving use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management;

or

2. A Post-Graduate in Engineering or Architecture along with TWO YEARS of work experience involving use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management;

or

3. A Graduate Engineer or Graduate Architect with a post-graduate degree in Management or its equivalent along with TWO YEARS of work experience involving use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management;

or

4. Diploma Engineer or “Equivalent” along with SIX YEARS of work experience involving use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management;

or

5. Post Graduate in Physics or Electronics or Chemistry (with Physics and Mathematics at graduation level) along with THREE YEARS of work experience involving use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management.


(B) CERTIFIED ENERGY AUDITORS (CEA):

Candidates appearing for Energy Auditors Certification Examination shall possess any one of the following qualifications:

1. A Graduate Engineer or Graduate Architect along with THREE YEARS of work experience involving use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management;

or

2. A Post-Graduate in Engineering or Architecture along with TWO YEARS of work experience involving use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management;

or

3. A Graduate Engineer or Graduate Architect with a post-graduate degree in Management or its equivalent along with TWO YEARS of work experience involving use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Candidates must have acquired the requisite years of POST QUALIFICATION work experience as on the closing date of the application i.e. 25th January 2023. Candidates without requisite post qualification work experience are not eligible to register for the examination.


MAXIMUM ATTEMPTS FOR QUALIFICATION

A newly registered candidate is required to pass the examination for certification of energy managers / energy auditors by appearing in a maximum of THREE attempts per paper within SIX consecutive examinations. On the basis of his /her results of the re-written paper(s), a candidate is declared to have passed the examination, provided he/she secures a minimum of 50% marks in each of the re-written papers as applicable. In case, he/she does not secure a minimum of 50% marks in each re- written paper(s) as stipulated above, he/she is deemed to have failed in the said National Certification Examination for which the candidate has registered. The candidate however, has the option to apply and re-register himself /herself as a fresh candidate.


UPGRADATION FROM ENERGY MANAGER TO ENERGY AUDITOR

Up-gradation is applicable only for EM registered candidates. Only candidates who had applied and qualified for Energy Managers and also fulfill the eligibility criteria for appearing as Energy Auditors are eligible for upgradation (Refer Clause 6 (b)). The choice of exercising this option is restricted to a period of 5 YEARS from the date of issue of Energy Manager Certificate. Those eligible candidates who wish to apply for up gradation shall use their existing registration number (ONLY ONCE) and need to qualify by appearing in a maximum of THREE attempts within SIX consecutive examinations.


AWARD OF e-CERTIFICATE & e-ID Card

(a) A candidate qualifying in Paper-1, Paper-2 & Paper-3 is eligible for the award of the Energy Manager e-Certificate & e-ID Card.

(b) Energy Auditor candidates, passing in Paper-1, Paper-2 & Paper-3, but failing in Paper-4 are eligible for the award of Energy Manager e-Certificate & e-ID card.

(c) A candidate qualified as Certified Energy Auditor automatically qualifies for the Energy Manager’s e-certificate.



VALIDITY OF THE CERTIFICATE

The certificate issued to successful candidate are valid for a period of FIVE YEARS and renewable after every five years. For renewal, certified energy manager/energy auditor shall attend a short-term refresher course conducted by the Bureau or the agency. After attending the Refresher course, candidates are required to inform BEE about attending the Refresher Course in a specified format so that the certificate is renewed for another five-year period.


EXAMINATION SCHEME


(a) Paper- 1, 2 & 3 are common for Energy Manager and Energy Auditor and consist of both objective and descriptive type questions.

b) Paper-4 for Energy Auditors is an open book examination and consists of descriptive and numerical questions. The candidates can refer to their supplied fourth edition guide books. No other books/written materials will be allowed for reference. The degree of difficulty in Paper -4 will be comparatively much higher than the other papers.

c) For Certification of Energy Managers: A candidate appearing for Energy Manager Examination has to pass 3 PAPERS viz., Paper-1, Paper-2 and Paper-3 and obtain a minimum of 50% of the maximum marks in each paper.

d) For Certification of Energy Auditors: A candidate appearing for Energy Auditor Examination has to pass all the above 4PAPERS viz.,Paper-1,Paper-2,Paper-3 & Paper-4 and obtain a minimum of 50% of the maximum marks in each paper


SYLLABUS FOR ENERGY MANAGERS AND ENERGY AUDITORS’ CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION


BOOK-1: GENERAL ASPECTS OF ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND ENERGY AUDIT

Chapter -1 Energy Scenario

Chapter - 2 Energy Conservation Act 2001 and related policies

Chapter - 3 Basics of Energy and its various forms

Chapter – 4 Energy Management & Audit

Chapter – 5 Material and Energy balance

Chapter – 6 Energy Action Planning

Chapter – 7 Financial Management

Chapter – 8 Project Management

Chapter – 9 Energy Monitoring and Targeting

Chapter – 10 Energy, Environment and Climate change

Chapter – 11 New & Renewable Energy Sources


BOOK-2: ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THERMAL UTILITIES

Chapter – 1 Fuels and Combustion

Chapter - 2 Boilers

Chapter - 3 Steam System

Chapter – 4 Furnaces

Chapter – 5 Insulation and Refractories

Chapter – 6 FBC Boilers

Chapter – 7 Cogeneration

Chapter – 8 Waste Heat Recovery

Chapter – 9 Heat Exchangers


BOOK-3: ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN ELECTRICAL UTILITIES

Chapter - 1 Electrical System

Chapter - 2 Electric Motors

Chapter - 3 Compressed Air System

Chapter – 4 HVAC and Refrigeration System

Chapter – 5 Fans and Blowers

Chapter – 6 Pumps and Pumping System

Chapter – 7 Cooling Tower

Chapter – 8 Lighting System

Chapter – 9 Diesel/Natural Gas Power Generating System

Chapter – 10 Energy Conservation in Buildings and ECBC


BOOK-4: ENERGY PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT FOR EQUIPMENT AND UTILITY SYSTEMS

Open Book examination on the following energy performance assessments for equipment and utility systems:

Chapter - 1 Boilers.

Chapter - 2 Furnaces.

Chapter - 3 Cogeneration, Turbines (gas, steam).

Chapter - 4 Heat Exchangers.

Chapter - 5 Electric Motors, Variable Speed Drives.

Chapter - 6 Fans and Blowers.

Chapter - 7 Water Pumps.

Chapter - 8 Compressors.

Chapter - 9 HVAC systems.

Chapter - 10 Performing Financial Analysis.

Chapter - 11 Energy Performance assessment in power plants. Chapter - 12 Energy Performance assessment in steel industry.

Chapter - 13 Energy Performance assessment in process industry (cement and textile). Chapter - 14 Energy Performance assessment in buildings and commercial establishments.

Chapter - 15 Textile Industry


GUIDE BOOKS FOR NCE EXAMINATIONS


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  1. BOOK-1 GENRAL ASPECTS OF ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

  2. BOOK-3 ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN ELECTRICAL UTILITIES

  3. BOOK-4 ENERGY PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS OF EQUIPMENT & UTILITY

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