Rasika was previously a consultant to energy and urban infrastructure sector companies and has worked on projects involving feasibility studies, entry and growth strategy, competition analysis and bid process advisory. As a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and later with KPMG, in India, Rasika has worked extensively with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board successor companies, Regulatory Commission and the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority. She was also a part of India Smart Grid Forum’s 2012 study for the inclusion of smart grid under the Ministry of Power’s XII 5 year plan.
Rasika has published in energy publications such as the Infraline, Asian Power, Intelligent Utility and EnergyCentral. She has been a speaker on energy infrastructure issues in the 2010 and 2008 PowerGen India and Central Asia conference. While working for Reliance Energy, she has also served as a faculty member for USAID’s distribution reforms training programme.
Rasika holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Mumbai University’s Sydenham Institute of Management and a chemical engineering bachelors degree from the Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur University.
- R. Athawale and F. Felder, “Incentives for Combined Heat and Power Plants: How to increase societal benefits?,” Utilities Policy, Vol. 31, Dec 2014, pp. 121-132.
- F. Felder and R. Athawale, “The Life and Death of the Utility Death Spiral,” The Electricity Journal, Vol. 27, Issue 6, July 2014, pp. 9-16.
- “Calculating the Energy Cost Savings of Battery Energy Storage Systems for Frequency Control of Bulk Power Systems” – Jong-Bae Park, Yong-Gi Park, Frank Felder and Rasika Athawale – The International Conference on Electrical Engineering (ICEE 2015), Hong Kong, China, 5-9 July, 2015 (Paper No. ICEE15A-016-FP)
- “Future of electric grid: CBA as a planning tool” – presented at the American Planning Association’s New Jersey Conference, New Brunswick, Jan 2015
- “Incentivizing CHP: How to increase societal benefits” – presented at the Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Competition, 33rd Annual Eastern Conference, Pennsylvania, May 2014