Who we are

The need for the energy studies from Asian perspective started with 1970s oil crisis, which lead to global consensus on developing alternative energy source rather than depending solely on fossil fuels. In the 1980s which saw a rapid economic growth post war scenario, the demand for the energy grew with increase in industries, factories, utilities, and technology to provide better products and services to the expanding population. During this period of time focus was primarily on planning of the energy infrastructure to meet the future growing demands as well as improving the energy efficiency of the outdated and obsolete energy systems. 1990s brought about technological advancements in oil explorations which saw more countries prioritizing funding on fossil fuels. Due to the constrains of the public sector funding in alternative energy sector, there was a need to restructure energy sector with growing environmental concerns with emphasis on environmentally sound energy development. Early part of 2000s saw huge upheaval of environment from over exploitation and dependence on fossil fuels, environmental well being became a huge mandate for the (The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) OECD countries. This major shift in paradigm on how environment and energy is correlated for economic development was acclaimed worldwide breathing a new life to the renewable energy sector. Thus, renewable energy made a comeback with solar energy driving force behind this upsurge of sustainability, clean energy, deregulation of energy industry and access to modern energy services. Presently after 2010 the attention has shifted towards implications of climate change and global warming  and how to mitigate green house gases with renewable energy by transforming the present day energy systems into more efficient and cleaner pathways.    

Brief History
  • Energy Technology established in 1979 with emphasis on Renewable Energy.
  • Energy Policy, Planning and Economics and Planning – earlier known as Energy Economics and Planning was started in 1983.
  • Electric Power System Management in 1994.
  • MBA in Energy Business in 2012.
  • PhD in Energy Business in 2015.
As of December 2015 there are more than 1200 students who have graduated from Energy Program.
Energy Program strives to address present day energy and environment issues such as
  • Energy and climate change
  • Energy economics and planning
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Electric Power System Management
  • Energy systems (supply and demand) management
  • Restructuring of energy industries
The three focus areas of the Energy Program to develop human resources 
  1. Academics
Master's degree, PhD degree, certificate program, research fellowship, special students.
  1. Research
Sponsored by donors and Students
  1. Outreach
Training/Workshop, Conference, RERIC publications, Testing