Stephen D. Comello

Stephen D. Comello

Director
Sustainable Energy Initiative

Stephen Comello is the director of the Sustainable Energy Initiative, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University. He is also a manager for Stanford University’s Bits & Watts Initiative and a Precourt Energy Scholar. Stephen’s research focuses broadly on energy technology economics, policy, and innovation. In particular, by applying tools and methods within finance, economics, and systems analysis, he investigates innovation and competitiveness of low-carbon energy solutions in both developed and emerging economies.

Research Statement

Stephen Comello researches the effects of financing structures, business models, and public policy on the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies. His work makes use of tools contained within engineering, economics, management science, and finance.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2013
  • MS in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, 2003
  • BS in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, 2002

Publications

Emerging Clean Energy Technology Investment Trends

A. Bumpus, Stephen D. Comello, Nature Climate Change, June 2017.

Enabling Mini-grid Development in Rural India

Stephen D. Comello, Stefan Reichelstein, Anshuman Sahoo, Tobias S. Schmidt, World Development, January 20, 2017.

Cost Competitiveness of Residential Solar PV: The Impact of Net Metering Restrictions

Stephen Comello, Stefan Reichelstein, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. November 16, 2016 (print version forthcoming)

The U.S. Investment Tax Credit for Solar Energy: Alternatives to the Anticipated 2017 Step-Down

Stephen Comello and Stefan Reichelstein, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, March 2016, Vol. 55, Issue March 2016, Pages 591–602.

Incentives for Early Adoption of Carbon Capture Technology

Stephen Comello, Stefan Reichelstein, Energy Policy, November 2014

Firm-level ecosystem service valuation using mechanistic biogeochemical modeling and functional substitutability

Stephen D. Comello, Gabriel Maltais-Landry, Benedict R. Schwegler, Michael D. Lepech, Ecological Economics, April 2014

Project-Level Assessment of Environmental Impact: Ecosystem Services Approach to Sustainable Management and Development

Stephen D. Comello, Michael D. Lepech, Benedict R. Schwegler, Journal of Management in Engineering, December 2011

Working Papers

A Pathway Toward Reducing CO2 Emissions From the Industrial Sector

Stefan Reichelstein, Peter C. Psarras, Praveen Bains, Panuya Charoensawadpong, Mark Carrington, Stephen Comello, Jennifer Wilcox, January 2017 .

Managerial Flexibility in Levelized Cost Measures: A Framework for Incorporating Uncertainty in Energy Investment Decisions

John E. Bistline, Stephen D. Comello, Anshuman Sahoo, August 5, 2017.

Stanford Business Insights

Enabling Entrepreneurs to Alleviate India’s Energy Poverty

April 6, 2016
A change in the law could extend electricity to millions of people.

Stefan Reichelstein: Preventing the Solar Cliff

April 21, 2015
A change to a tax credit could kill the nascent industry.

What Would it Really Cost to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

October 17, 2014
Not as much as you might think, according to two scholars.

Last Updated 9 Aug 2017