In the Department of Energy, Government of Maharashtra his major contribution was drafting the State Electricity Reform Bill 2000. During this period he also held the concurrent charge of Environment Department.
He has worked with the UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC), located in Denmark as Senior Energy Economist for five years (1993 - 1998). On behalf of the Centre he also worked for UNDP on the development of Global Environment Facility (GEF) capacity building proposals to equip Egypt, Jordan and Malaysia to respond effectively to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). All the energy-environment projects and climate change mitigation studies extensively covered power sector reforms, energy efficiency and conservation options.
He was the founding Director of state and national level energy institutions, namely the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (1986-88) and the Energy Management Centre (1989 - 1993), set up to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency respectively. The latter has been upgraded under Energy Conservation Act 2001 to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body to implement the new law.
He worked as a short-term consultant to the World Bank in 1993 and as a Research Engineer at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok from 1985 to 1986.
Dr. Deo is a recipient of the World Wind Energy Award 2005 from World Wind Energy Association for his outstanding achievement in the dissemination of wind energy. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) selected him for their national award "Distinguished Personality - Energy Management" for the year 2006.
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