Charting a Path for Research and Development of Reliability and Resilience in South Asia's Power Sector

Mohit Joshi, David Palchak, Russell Horowitz, Taryn Waite, Meredydd Evans, Sha Yu, Nathalie Voisin, Jan Alam, Nihan Karali, Shruti Deorah, Nikit Abhyankar

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The power sector in South Asia faces several trends with the potential to impact its reliability and resilience. Rapidly increasing demand, coupled with an increasing reliance on variable renewable resources and the circular linkages with climate change points to an increasing need to understand the extent of climate impacts on both the electricity load and the electricity generation. These larger shifts are also coupled with opportunities near the grid edge that could have a large impact on system planning and operations, such as electrification of the transport sector, increased reliance on buildings to serve a broader set of loads and be flexible resources for utilities, more efficient use of industrial and agricultural loads, and growth in distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar and batteries. It is critical that as this transformation takes place that expectations for reliability and resilience of the grid continue to increase in the region. The South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE), composed of USAID, the US Department of Energy, and three national laboratories, has been tasked with providing an overview of the research and development resources necessary to understand the upcoming challenges for the power system as it pertains to reliability and resilience. This discussion paper identifies some of the key trends and connections that are important for power sector reliability and resilience and provides a starting point for eliciting feedback from power sector stakeholders about their experiences and needs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A40-81223


  • reliability
  • resilience
  • South Asia
  • South Asia Group for Energy


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