Nikhil Kumar is an engineering economist with extensive experience providing research
and consulting services to electric utilities, merchant power plants and government agencies. He has been working with various system operators, utilities, power plant operators and national laboratories on renewable energy and power plant cycling cost analysis.
In the forensic area, Nikhil specializes in cost of cycling power plants, operations & maintenance (O&M) cost and practices and their impact on power plant reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM), flexible power generation, cost recovery, and emissions regulations. His expertise includes the development and application of advanced methods for asset performance management, power plant operations optimization, electric system planning and dispatch, merchant plant bidding, and smart grid solutions.
Nikhil is a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He serves on the ASME RAM Committee for Power Plants and has a B.E. in Engineering from University of Mumbai, an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a Graduate Certificate in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.