Dr. Nikit Abhyankar, a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate in the International Energy Studies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has conducted research and policy analysis on a range of key energy issues in the developing country context such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and power sector reforms and regulation. At present, he is leading International Energy Studies Group’s work on the Indian power sector. In particular, he is analyzing the key technical, economic, market design, and policy issues in grid integration of large scale renewable energy projects. Dr. Abhyankar is also working on energy efficiency policies, particularly technical and economic analysis of the key appliance efficiency programs such as air conditioners or refrigerators, etc, analyzing the impact of large scale energy efficiency programs on utility finances and consumer tariffs. Prior to joining LBNL, Dr. Abhyankar worked with Prayas Energy Group in India where he analyzed the prevalent regulatory and policy issues in the Indian power sector such as rural electrification, tariff design, and RPS, etc. Dr. Abhyankar received a PhD from Stanford University in Environment and Resources. His doctoral thesis involved modeling energy policies that are central to a low-carbon development path for India, namely, the Indian natural gas market, grid integration of renewable energy, and energy efficiency programs. He also has a masters degree in Economics and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.
Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
Improving fuel efficiency for heavy-duty vehicles of 3.5–12 tonnes in India: Benefits, costs, and environmental impacts
Reduced grid operating costs and renewable energy curtailment with electric vehicle charge management
Accelerating Energy Efficiency Improvements in Room Air Conditioners in India: Potential, Costs-Benefits, and Policies