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Policy Brief March 22, 2021

Looking Beyond the State Targets: Renewable Energy for Export

By Surabhi Joshi, Rasika Athawale, Dheer Patel, Tim Simard

India’s fully synchronised national power grid and ongoing reforms in the wholesale markets have created a perfect foundation for beneficial power trade across Indian states, especially for renewable energy like solar and wind-based power. As renewable energy becomes progressively cheaper, renewable-rich states are in the perfect position to trade with low rene...

Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Report March 1, 2021

Assessment tool for behind-the-meter investments by distribution companies in India

By Frederick Weston, Mahesh Patankar, Rasika Athawale, Dheer Patel, Saket Sarraf, Clavan Dsouza, Parul Choudhary, Devanshu Saindane

The electric distribution sector in India is struggling financially. This is not a new problem, and its primary causes are well understood. The distribution utilities (discoms) have long faced challenges in revenue collection and shortfalls stemming from important cross-subsidies of residential and agricultural customers. There is, as a consequence, an over-depen...

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Presentation July 23, 2020

Supply-side Outlook and Potential Interventions

By Rasika Athawale

​Low-cost renewable energy can help to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon power system. These same resources offer the opportunity to optimize supply-side costs and substantially bring down a distribution utility's (discom) aggregate expenses. Reduced expenses can lead to the lowering of retail tariffs and an increase in the discom's cost-competitiveness...

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Presentation January 18, 2020

Role of Demand Flexibility

By Rasika Athawale

At the one-day workshop on power system transformation at Maharashtra state-level, which was organized by IEA, NITI Aayog and Prayas, Rasika Athawale spoke of the role of demand flexibility for higher integration of VRE into the state grid. She presented results from E3 India model to demonstrate benefits of a higher RE share to the state’s macroeconomy. She co...

Demand Response, Power Markets and Reliability, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Presentation November 29, 2019

Electricity Markets in India: Impact on Consumers of Tamil Nadu

By Rasika Athawale

​Consumer Action Group organized a two-day conference in Chennai on consumer engagement in electricity sector. Rasika made a presentation highlighting the benefits of wholesale power markets and retail markets to consumers. Markets enable large-scale integration of low-cost renewable energy generation, while providing signals for new investments and consumption...

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Presentation November 19, 2019

Energy Transition: What and How?

By Rasika Athawale

At the one-day event on energy transition for the state of Tamil Nadu, Rasika spoke of the need for looking beyond the state utility and prioritizing actions for the entire state. She reasoned that given Tamil Nadu is already a leader in clean energy, it is time for the state to explore all possible ways to champion national & state policies with a 3M approac...

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Presentation August 16, 2019

An Insight into Discoms’ Business and Investment Decisions

By Rasika Athawale

At an energy finance conference hosted by the Centre for Financial Accountability, Rasika Athawale highlighted cost optimization as a driver for exploring the role of load flexibility. Instead of signing more long-term power purchase agreements with conventional plants, distribution companies can unlock value by deploying demand-side measures....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Resource Planning, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Report July 31, 2019

Controlling emissions in India’s electricity sector: An analysis of options

By Rasika Athawale, Ranjit Bharvirkar

India is in a state of “air crisis” unprecedented in the history of the country. Thermal power plants, which are a major source of particulate matter and SOX and NOX emissions, have traditionally been monitored for air pollution via a command and control approach. However recent intervention by the Supreme Court of India on matters related to non-compliance ...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation July 31, 2019

Controlling Emissions in India’s Electricity Sector

By Rasika Athawale, Ranjit Bharvirkar

In a workshop co-hosted by the Centre for Policy Research, Asar Social Impact Advisors and RAP, Rasika Athawale and Ranjit Bharvirkar presented an introduction to market-based options for electricity sector emissions control. They considered the strengths and weaknesses of an emissions trading system, an emissions portfolio obligation and an emissions reduction ...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Report July 31, 2019

India’s Energy Transition: Implications and considerations

By Rasika Athawale, Surabhi Joshi, Ranjit Bharvirkar

The Indian electricity sector is undergoing a rapid transition as the share of renewable energy (especially solar and wind) grows while the addition of conventional technology (especially coal and natural gas) diminishes. Stakeholders who benefited in India’s electricity growth story of the last two decades, may find themselves on losing ground as the rules of ...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Governance Download View Summary