Satadru Chakraborty

Satadru Chakraborty

Fellow

Satadru comes with 15 years of core experience in environmental economics, energy economics, public policy, and climate policy, with special focus on renewable energy policy development, reforms in the power sector, and strengthening of distribution utilities. He has worked with major national and international agencies including the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, USAID, British High Commission, UNDP, World Bank, WWF-India, and state and central PSUs like NTPC, HPCL, NMDC, IREDA, POSOCO, NLDC, GPCL, etc., for mainstreaming renewables in India. He has also supported major corporates in augmenting renewable energy, developing public policy, and finding solutions to tackling climate change.

Satadru was part of the first waste-to-energy project-specific tariff determination process in the state of Maharashtra and is instrumental in preparing several renewable energy and climate mitigation pathways for various state governments, including ‘100% RE for the state of Kerala’. He is also instrumental in developing / reviewing key renewable energy policies for the states of Odisha, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. He has closely worked with various state electricity regulatory commissions across the country and contributed to key regulatory interventions, including tariff determination of RE projects for generation utilities, ARR and tariff determination for transmission and distribution utilities, fixation of renewable portfolio standards, regulations for promotion of RE based mini-grid projects, revision of aggregate revenue requirement, finalization of true-up and aggregate revenue requirement for wheeling and retail business of distribution utilities, etc. His work with state nodal agencies in India resulted in strengthening their core resources and building institutional and financial capacities for smooth implementation of renewable energy projects.

In recent times, he majorly contributed to the development of the national policy cum action plan (including subsidy structure) for the promotion of solar water heating systems for the Government of Bhutan. Besides his various achievements, Satadru also organized and participated as key resource person in several training programmes of WISE, delivering lectures on renewable energy policy and regulation, financing of RE, and the techno-economics of RE. He contributed a chapter in the book, “Coal in India: Time for a Verdict” published by WISE, and was part of the team that developed the research report, “Power Drain: Hidden subsidies of conventional power in India”, one of the first, major pioneering reports in the country published by WISE. Satadru also contributed to three issues of WISE’s flagship publication, ‘Renewables India’, that brought forth the status of RE development in India in the area of regulatory development.

Satadru is an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Pune, and has completed his M.Sc in Economics, from the Department of Economics, University of Calcutta.

He firmly believes that “a zero-carbon development pathway is possible, but only if we work collectively towards achieving India’s NDCs and the global sustainable development goals. Rather than a piecemeal approach, what we need today is firm and shared commitments by governments, corporates, and civil societies across the world that would lead the way towards a renewable-friendly and sustainable society.”