Ranjit Bharvirkar directs RAP’s India program. He has more than 16 years of experience in electricity policy analysis and technical advice and assistance to state- and national-level policymakers in the U.S. and India. Mr. Bharvirkar recently contributed to India’s Renewable Electricity Roadmap Initiative undertaken by the Government of India.
From 2008 through 2013, Mr. Bharvirkar worked as a senior energy consultant with Itron’s Consulting and Analysis group. At Itron, he was involved in energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation analysis. He also conducted several workshops on energy efficiency for staff from Indian regulatory commissions and utilities.
Mr. Bharvirkar previously researched demand response and energy efficiency programs in the U.S. as part of the Electricity Markets and Policy group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His projects included evaluation of real-time pricing and demand response programs in New York, development of methodology for estimating potential of demand response programs, quantification and characterization of demand response resources in the U.S., accreditation of ESCOs, and assessment of performance contracting activity in the state government market. Mr. Bharvirkar also worked at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, D.C., where he was part of a team that developed a partial general equilibrium model of the U.S. electricity sector, and analyzed the impacts of SOX, NOX, and CO2 cap-and-trade programs on electricity prices, investment and retirement of generation capacity, and distribution of benefits and costs. As a graduate student researcher at North Carolina State University, Mr. Bharvirkar developed statistical techniques to quantify variability and uncertainty in emissions inventories.
Mr. Bharvirkar has co-authored several journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, discussion papers, and a book chapter. He holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, a master’s in environmental engineering from North Carolina State University, and a master’s in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.