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Mahesh Bhave's Articles

- August 05, 2014

A Requiem for Today’s Grid

People speak reverentially about the electricity grid, and rightly so. The U.S.’ electricity grid is an awesome technical, operational, and public policy accomplishment. Who can deny...

- July 08, 2014

Microgrids Missing from the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Emerging economies, especially India, desperately need a novel, suitable electricity solution; alas, what exists is a hundred years old and unsuited for our times. This situation is...

- June 02, 2014

Microgrids Create Municipalization Benefits

Electric utilities seeking the renewal of their franchises, and politicians seeking municipalization, both ignore the transformative possibilities of the microgrid. Microgrids represent...

- April 22, 2014

Solar Disruption? Yes. Utility Death Spiral? Not Necessarily

Suddenly, we have seen a spate of “death spiral” talk about electric utilities. Grid parity — through lowered costs — is supposedly triggering this decline. Homes are expected to defect...

- March 19, 2014

Is Sustainability Talk a Distraction from What Really Matters?

Most talk of "energy efficiency" and “sustainability” is insidious or naïve, or even misdirected. We all should switch off the lights when we leave a room, use efficient, gas-fired...

- January 31, 2014

How Many Electric Utilities Does A Market Need?

Del Mar, population ~4,100, is an affluent beach city just north of San Diego, Calif. Solana Beach, also on the ocean and just north of Del Mar has ~12,000 residents. Carmel Valley...

- November 12, 2013

Merge the Ministries of Power and Renewable Energy in India

Can India leverage the dramatic changes occurring in the electric utilities industry, and rid itself of electricity shortages? Yes, it can leapfrog the traditional coal-based power...

- March 15, 2013

Microgrids by Mail Can Contribute to Rural Electrification

With policy focus, creative use of technology, and good management, minigrids can deliver 100 percent electrification for the ~1.5 billion mostly rural people worldwide — affordably,...

- November 06, 2012

Solar Power, Amul Style: Existing Model Can Be Extended to Rural Solar Generation

Could the Amul milk cooperative success serve as a model for solar-based electricity in rural India? The "white" revolution can extend to the "light" revolution for 400 million Indians...

- August 17, 2012

Writing on the Roof: Competition for Electric Utilities

Suddenly, electricity appears too important to be managed by traditional electric utilities alone. The barriers to entry have fallen; a large number of new and old companies have entered...

Mahesh Bhave

Mahesh Bhave

Mahesh Bhave is a Visiting Professor of Strategy at Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, India since Fall 2010. His home is San Diego. He has worked in product management, strategy, and business development positions at Hughes, Sprint,...

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