Portrait of Nikit Abhyankar

Nikit Abhyankar

International Energy Studies Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R2121
Berkeley CA 94720
Office Location: 90-2132
(510) 486-5681

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 like 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 like air conditioners or refrigerators etc, analyzing the impact of large scale energy efficiency programs on utility finances and consumer tariffs, and supporting DOE’s Super Efficient Appliance Deployment (SEAD) program with country-specific analysis. 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.

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