International Energy Studies Group
Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division




The IES Group has been working with Indian policymakers and industries for more than two decades. The group has produced technical and policy analyses in the power sector, appliances, industrial and buildings energy efficiency, sustainable cities, and transportation sector. Our work includes reassessing the renewable energy potential in India, developing comprehensive models for optimal grid dispatch and capacity expansion, analyzing the financial and emissions impact of clean energy options for India, and assessing the potential for efficiency enhancement in the residential, industrial and buildings sectors. The International Energy Studies Group has memoranda of understanding (MoU) with several key government agencies in India with a focus on energy efficiency and demand-side management, renewable energy and grid planning.

Recent Work

  • Renewable Energy Potential: We conducted studies of wind energy potential in India and found significantly higher potential (i.e, 20 times) than was previously thought. Using meso-scale satellite imagery and GIS data, we are assessing the renewable energy potential and identifying renewable energy zones for transmission planning.
  • Clean Energy Options for India: We are analyzing the financial and emissions impact of clean energy options like grid-connected renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for India.
  • Grid Dispatch Modeling: In order to assess the true cost of renewable energy grid integration and its impact of transmission planning, we are developing state-level power flow models for optimal grid dispatch and capacity expansion using commercially available modeling platforms like PLEXOS and SWITCH.
  • Energy Efficiency Programs: We contributed to the formulation of DSM regulations in several state electricity regulatory commissions in India, provided technical assistance, along with the Prayas Energy Group, on the conceptual design of an upstream DSM incentive program for promoting super-efficient appliances and are estimating the total potential of efficiency enhancement in India and are analyzing its impact on utility finances and consumer tariffs.

Using clean energy options, CO2 emissions from the Indian power sector can be reduced by 40% by 2030 at virtually no incremental cost.

Incremental costs of clean energy options, and total CO2 emissions with options

Abhyankar, N. et al (2013). "Secure and Clean Energy Scenarios for the Indian Power Sector in 2030". LBNL (forthcoming)

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