Rasika Athawale works with India power sector stakeholders on utility regulation and market policies. As an advisor, she supports RAP’s work on wholesale market design, retail tariff design, air quality regulation, and distributed energy resources planning.
Ms. Athawale started her career as a regulatory analyst with Reliance Energy, the electricity distribution utility for the city of Mumbai. She later advised public and private sector clients on business and investment decisions, energy policy analysis, and regulatory assistance and evaluation while working as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG in India. Before joining RAP in 2018, she had been advising a real estate construction company on setting up a solar business division.
She has also worked as a research associate at the Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her work there involved evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency program funding by the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy as well as the state’s electric and gas utilities. She developed a cost-benefit analysis model for investment feasibility analysis of combined heat and power plants.
Ms. Athawale holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Nagpur University and a postgraduate diploma in business finance from Mumbai University. She writes regularly on electricity sector issues, and her work has been published in academic journals and books.