Nikit Abhyankar

Nikit Abhyankar

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


Dr. Nikit Abhyankar, a Scientist in the International Energy Analysis Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is also an Affiliate and Senior Scientist at the Goldman School of Public Policy, 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 United States and key emerging economies such as India, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. In particular, his research focuses on the following areas: (i) renewable energy resource assessment and grid integration, (ii) electricity markets and policies, (iii) technology and policy / program assessments for appliance efficiency improvement, (iv) impact of transport electrification on the grid, and (v) technology solutions for expanding energy access. 
Dr. Abhyankar has published over 40 peer reviewed journal papers, research reports, and conference papers, and his research has been widely covered in the media, for example - The Los Angeles TimesForbesThe VergeThe HinduFountain InkOutlook IndiaLive Mint InsideClimateNewsDailyEnergyInsiderNewsWiseDown to EarthListening Brief etc. 


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 RPS, 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