Nikit Abhyankar

Nikit Abhyankar

Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
(510) 486-5681


Dr. Nikit Abhyankar is a Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is also an Affiliate Senior Scientist at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as a Guest Faculty for the executive education program at University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Abhyankar has conducted extensive research and policy analysis on a range of key energy issues such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and energy access in the United States and key emerging economies such as India, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. He regularly advises national / state governments, regulators, and utilities in multiple countries on designing clean energy policies and programs.

Dr. Abhyankar has published over 60 peer reviewed journal papers, research reports, and conference papers, and his research has been widely covered in the media.. 

Prior to joining LBNL, Dr. Abhyankar worked with Prayas Energy Group in India where he analyzed the prevalent regulatory and policy issues in the Indian power sector such as reforms, rural electrification, tariff design, and Renewable Portfolio Standards, etc.

Dr. Abhyankar received a PhD from Stanford University in Environment and Resources. He has a master’s degree in Economics and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.


Societal Impact Award: IEAD Power and Transport Team -  November 18th 2021

Recognizing the pathbreaking research done by Amol Phadke, Nikit Abhyankar, and Umed Paliwal in decarbonization of the US grid and transportation systems which laid the foundation for the United States’ Nationally Determined Contribution and goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.

Spot: Power Systems Analysis Team -  September 02nd 2020

Extraordinary contributions to advance power systems analysis and capabilities at LBL