Hyderabad, the hi-tech capital of Telangana is pioneering the energy code compliance system through online building approvals. It requires that all new commercial and public buildings, and major retrofits, be certified as complying with the state’s Energy Conservation Building Code before construction begins. Plans are underway to expand the online system across Telangana, and eventually to other states. When fully operational, the Energy Conservation Building Code could deliver 86 terawatt hours of cumulative energy savings for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh by 2030. That’s enough to power up to 8.9 million Indian households annually over the next 17 years based on current energy consumption levels.