ETA researchers have been working with Indian policymakers and industries for more than two decades. In that time, they have produced technical and policy analyses for the power sector, appliances, industrial and buildings energy efficiency, sustainable cities and the transport sector.
This work includes reassessing the renewable energy potential in India, developing comprehensive models for optimal grid dispatch and capacity expansion, analyzing the financial and emissions impacts of clean energy options for India, and assessing the potential for efficiency enhancement in the residential, industrial and buildings sector. ETA has memoranda of understanding with several key government agencies in India with a focus on energy efficiency and demand-side management, renewable energy and grid planning.
Recent work includes the following:
- Renewable Energy Potential: Researchers studied wind energy potential in India and found significantly higher potential (i.e., 20 times) than previously thought. Using meso-scale satellite imagery and GIS data, they are assessing the renewable energy potential and identifying renewable energy zones for transmission planning.
- Clean Energy Options for India: Researchers 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: To assess the true cost of renewable energy grid integration and its impact on transmission planning, researchers 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: Researchers have contributed to the formulation of demand-side management (DSM) regulations in several state electricity regulatory commissions in India, provided technical assistance (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 analyzing its impact on utility finances and consumer tariffs.