Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
Dr. Nikit Abhyankar, a Scientist in the International Energy Analysis Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is also an Affiliate and Senior Scientist at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Abhyankar has conducted extensive research and policy analysis on a range of key energy issues such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and energy access in United States and key emerging economies such as India, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. In particular, his research focuses on the following areas: (i) renewable energy resource assessment and grid integration, (ii) electricity markets and policies, (iii) technology and policy / program assessments for appliance efficiency improvement, (iv) impact of transport electrification on the grid, and (v) technology solutions for expanding energy access.
Dr. Abhyankar has published over 40 peer reviewed journal papers, research reports, and conference papers, and his research has been widely covered in the media, for example - The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, The Verge, The Hindu, Fountain Ink, Outlook India, Live Mint , InsideClimateNews, DailyEnergyInsider, NewsWise, Down to Earth, Listening Brief etc.
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 reforms, rural electrification, tariff design, and RPS, etc.
Dr. Abhyankar received a PhD from Stanford University in Environment and Resources. He has a master’s degree in Economics and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.
Cost-Benefit of Improving the Efficiency of Room Air Conditioners (Inverter and Fixed Speed) in India
Battery electric vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make renewable energy cheaper in India
Avoiding 100 New Power Plants by Increasing Efficiency of Room Air Conditioners in India: Opportunities and Challenges
Empirical Analysis of the Variability of Wind Generation in India: Implications for Grid Integration