Energy and Climate Expert
Suuhas is an Electrical Engineer and Management Graduate with over 19 years of experience in leading policy research in the areas of renewable energy, climate change and sustainability. Since the past seven years, he has been working on funded and consultancy projects on varied topics like systems approach to energy sector planning, renewable energy integration, energy storage, state action plans, climate action plans and techno-economic feasibility studies. Suuhas headed the Climate and Sustainability vertical at the World Institute of Sustainable Energy, Pune. During his seven year tenure in WISE, he led FOWIND (Facilitating Offshore Wind for India), a European Union funded project (Euro 4 million), as Member of the Project Management group. He also led multiple projects that included development of state energy plans, generation planning, power sector policy strategy, business consultancy, investment advisory, etc. Some of the key projects involved technology assessment of flexible generation technologies, preparation of 100% RE plan for Kerala, undertaking a study on RE manufacturing, etc.
Suuhas is currently working independently. He was advisor to WISE for various power sector related initiatives for the state of Maharashtra, including Power Sector Vision 2030, digital customer experience enhancement strategy development, study on digitalization potential in the distribution sector and regulatory approach to energy storage. He was also the state consultant to the government of Goa under the Technical Assistance Project of the Asian Development Bank for the Solar Mission Phase 2 programme. He has also advised the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Delhi, in the area of ‘energy storage’ for a UKFCO-India funded project.
Suuhas strongly believes that the climate crisis and other critical problems facing us today stem from a flawed ethical foundation and that attitudinal shifts in worldviews are important to bring about positive changes. He has been working on a long-term personal project that tries to highlight how inherited cultural values affect behavioural response to climate change.