Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Irvine
Areas of ExpertisePolitical Economy of the Electricity Sector, Governance
Meera Mahadevan is a Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Fellow and incoming Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on energy and environmental economics in developing countries. Some of the topics she examines include the political economy of electricity provision and the welfare consequences of corruption, electricity restructuring policies and their unintended consequences, and off-grid solutions for electricity provision in remote areas. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow at emLab, at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2019-2020.
Five Low-hanging Fruits in Indian Electricity
By Meera Mahadevan
Electricity generation in India has risen almost ten-fold since 1985, a dramatic increase leading to a surplus of capacity. Despite this technical surplus, and the claim of “universal village electrification,” 240 million people in the country continue to lack any access to electricity, with the remaining population experiencing regular blackouts, voltage fluctuations and other distribution-related problems.1 Since generation isn’t the issue, what is? The transmission and distribution (T&D) sectors face massive technical constraints and corruption issues - close to 25% of all power generated in India is lost to theft, corruption, and malfunctioning infrastructure.
Raising Global Energy Ambitions: The 1,000 kWh Modern Energy Minimum
By Todd Moss, Morgan Bazilian, Moussa Blimpo, Lauren Culver, Jacob Kincer, Meera Mahadevan, Vijay Modi, Rose Mutiso, Varun Sivaram, Jay Taneja, Mark Thurber, Johannes Urpelainen, Michael Webber, Bob Muhwezi
Energy is fundamental to modern living and any competitive prosperous economy. SDG7 calls for modern energy for all, but the indicator for tracking progress against this goal is meeting a very low level of residential electricity consumption.