Prayas (Energy Group) or PEG is a leading energy policy research organisation based in Pune. We actively engage in regulatory and policy spaces in the energy sector with the objective of promoting public interest goals such as:

  • Making energy available and accessible to all.
  • Making the energy system socially and environmentally sustainable.
  • Ensuring viability of the energy sector.

Our contributions and publications are highly regarded in policy, industry, academic as well as civil society circles. We engage with central and state ministries, regulatory commissions, international agencies, civil society groups and other institutions to participate in committees and other deliberations, towards achieving our objectives.

PEG works on various program themes across the energy sector, such as electricity generation and supply, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy resources and development. The work in all themes involves research, analysis, policy innovation, outreach and engagement at state and national levels.

To join the PEG team, you should:

  • Be a Post Graduate with good academic record and expertise in Energy Systems, Engineering, Economics, Public Policy, Law, Political Science or Sociology. Graduates with exceptional records may also be considered.
  • Have strong analytical skills and preferably some work experience, with research or social organisations.
  • Be keen to work on challenging social and developmental issues with a flair for using multidisciplinary approaches.
  • Be able to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Be willing to relocate to Pune subject to COVID related constraints.

PEG is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all candidates. We encourage an open and democratic work culture and have a cycle- friendly work-place. Prayas has a zero tolerance policy for any form of sexual harassment in the workplace or any organisation-related activity.

We are looking for motivated individuals for the position of Research Associate in the following areas:

If you are interested in becoming a part of such a team of socially committed professionals, please write to us with :

  • Your resume
  • Related writings (any writing samples related to energy, policy or governance)
  • Cover letter stating why you want to join an organisation like Prayas (Energy Group)

Please send the above mentioned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mention “RA” followed by the Focus area and your name in the subject line.

Since we typically process a number of applications, only completed and shortlisted candidates will be informed.

Coal sector: Policy, regulation and transition

A candidate in this role will work with a team toward building a comprehensive understanding of the way forward for the coal thermal sector, at the nexus of a fast changing power sector, climate change and just transitions. This will include compilation of data and data sources, analysis of regulatory documents, evaluation of policy and programs, development of ideas and strategies, and engagement with key sector stakeholders. 

Familiarity with policy analysis, and basic quantitative skills is desirable, along with a penchant for public interest issues and the coal-thermal sector. Comfort in working with large datasets, enthusiasm in looking through regulatory documents and  the ability to learn and unlearn will be useful in this role. 

Power Sector Modelling

The candidate would help the team with:

  • Collection, processing and analysis of data relevant to energy modelling
  • Setting up, running, debugging and analysing scenarios in power sector models
  • Formulating topical questions that can be analysed using power sector models
  • Reviewing literature related to various power system modelling exercises and summarising
  • Engaging in regulatory and policy processes relevant to power sector modelling

The candidate would be working with a team of experienced modellers on GridPath - an open-source platform for production cost, capacity expansion, asset valuation and reliability modelling. As part of the team, the candidate will be involved in all aspects of power system modelling. This includes data collection, scenario building, and using analysis insights to contribute to critical issues before policy makers and regulators at the central and state levels.

The ability to process data using scripts in Python/R etc., an understanding of the Indian power system as well as prevailing policies and realities, willingness to explore creative solutions and the ability to see the story behind the numbers will benefit the candidate in this role.

Energy Sector Policy And Regulation

The candidate would help the team with:

  • Research to track state and national preparedness to managing aspects of the transition in electricity and allied energy sectors.
  • Analysis of important developments in the Indian power sector in various states and at the national level from a public interest and equity perspective.
  • Development of innovative ideas to address critical challenges before the power sector.
  • Engagement in regulatory and policy processes at the central or state level, to further public interest.

The role would involve understanding state and national level developments in the energy sector, analysis of regulatory and policy documents as well as data collection from statutory filings and other secondary sources.

For this role, previous experience or interest in energy policy, regulatory practice or programme evaluation is desirable. Given the nature of engagements and sustained efforts required in this area of work, it is preferable that the candidate is willing to work full-time for at least two years.

Along with research and analysis, a typical day would involve debates on challenges facing the power sector, brainstorming ideas to address crucial issues in varied contexts within the country and finding delight in discovering some new and many recurring insights into India’s power sector. 

An understanding of policy and institutional processes, interest in creative problem solving under constrained circumstances, appreciation for irony, propensity towards patience and persistence, good number sense and the ability to find joy in small things would be of great help in this role. 

We had organized a webinar to give a broad overview of Prayas (Energy Group)'s activities and a sense of what working with us is like. The webinar includes a brief introduction on various aspects of our work in the energy policy space; experience sharing by Prayas (Energy Group)'s researchers and a question and answer session. The webinar’s recording can be seen below.