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Presentation October 26, 2017

Energy Transitions in Practice

By Ranjit Bharvirkar

​Ranjit Bharvirkar delivered the keynote address on Energy Transitions in Practice at the Beyond Oil 2017 conference in Bergen, Norway. Mr. Bharvirkar compared and contrasted the regulatory systems in the U.S. and India and offered advice on engaging with policymakers on energy issues....

Power Markets and Reliability, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Report September 12, 2017

Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation: Emphasizing Utility Performance to Unleash Power Sector Innovation

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch, Philip Baker, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Max Dupuy, Brenda Hausauer, Carl Linvill, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Jan Rosenow, Wang Xuan, Owen Zinaman, Jeffrey Logan

Performance-based regulation (PBR) enables regulators to reform 100-year-old regulatory structures to unleash innovations within 21st century power systems. Our current electric system is built upon an old regulatory paradigm that ensured safe and reliable electricity at reasonable prices from capital-intensive electricity monopolies. Today, disruptive technologi...

Regulation and Governance, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Presentation July 20, 2017

Regulatory Challenges for Emerging Economies

By Ranjit Bharvirkar

At the 15th ERRA Summer School in Budapest, Ranjit Bharvirkar spoke about the regulatory challenges faced by developing countries and explored the governance and regulatory frameworks in the U.S. and India. The Summer School is a week-long course organized annually by the Energy Regulators’ Regional Association, an organization dedicated to supporting regulato...

Governance, Reliability, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report April 25, 2016

The Future Electricity Grid: Key Questions and Considerations for Developing Countries

By Ranjit Bharvirkar, Bharath Jairaj, Sarah Martin, Josh Ryor, Shantanu Dixit, Ashwin Gambhir, Aditya Chunekar, Gilberto Jannuzzi, Samat Sukenaliev, Tao Wang

Regulators around the world are faced with complex issues ranging from securing the supply of energy, to meeting public policy objectives and protecting the environment. Current developments in the energy sector present serious challenges for policymakers leading a vital transition—a rise in the deployment of cost-effective technologies, such as energy efficien...

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation February 5, 2015

Paradigm Shift in the Electricity Sector

By Ranjit Bharvirkar

At a seminar hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, Ranjit Bharvirkar spoke about the findings of the forthcoming report The Future Electricity Grid: Key Questions and Considerations for Developing Countries....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrating Renewable Energy, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report September 14, 2012

Changing Sunshine: Analyzing the Dynamics of Solar Electricity Policies in the Global Context

By Ranjit Deshmukh, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Ashwin Gambhir, Amol Phadke

Although solar costs have been dropping in recent years, solar power is still more expensive than conventional electricity generation and other renewable energy options. In most applications, solar power also still needs continuing government policy support. However, the need to achieve multiple objectives and ensure sufficient political support makes it difficul...

Integrating Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Report May 19, 2012

Reassessing Wind Potential Estimates for India: Economic and Policy Implications

By Amol Phadke, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Jagmeet Khangura

Recent studies provide compelling reasons why wind potential estimates in India need to be reassessed. First, a study published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that was conducted by experts from Harvard University and the Technical Research Center of Finland and a study by experts from The Energy Resources Institute (India) estimate tha...

Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Policy Brief June 7, 2011

Using National Energy Efficiency Programs with Upstream Incentives to Accelerate Market Transformation for Super-Efficient Appliances in India

By Daljit Singh, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Saurabh Kumar, Girish Sant, Amol Phadke

Utility-administered demand-side management (DSM) programs in India have been slow in achieving the shift to efficient appliances. This is due, in part, to utilities and regulatory commissions' lack of expertise with DSM; utilities' preoccupation with other issues, such as electricity shortages and high distribution losses; and the reluctance of most utilitie...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
Policy Brief August 18, 2010

Accelerating the Deployment of Super-Efficient Appliances and Equipment with Multi-Country Collaboration

By Amol Phadke, Jayant Sathaye, Girish Sant, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Robert Lieberman

Despite intense efforts by all parties, the recent United Nations Conference of Parties (COP-15) failed to create a legally binding treaty accepted by all nations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that could help limit the global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees C (or 3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels. It is becoming increasingly clear that...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
Policy Brief August 17, 2010

Transforming the Building Energy Efficiency Market in India: Lessons from the USA

By Prasad Vaidya, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Alecia Ward, Reshmi Vasudevan, Koshy Cherail

With recent economic expansion, construction investment growth in India is forecast at 12 percent overall and 23 percent in the commercial sector. India will add 80 percent of the total floor space estimated for 2030. Without a concerted effort to reduce energy intensity in buildings, the additional demand for electricity will exacerbate the country's chronic pow...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Market Design, Standards and Codes Download View Summary