Research by Sustainable Energy Initiative Faculty

Peer-reviewed journal articles, working papers, and other publications apply Stanford’s interdisciplinary strengths in engineering, economics, business, and energy policy to increase global knowledge of low-carbon energy technologies.

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

Many irreversible long-run capital investments entail opportunities for managers to respond flexibly to changes in the economic environment. However, common levelized cost measures used to guide decision-making, such as the...

A. Bumpus, Stephen Comello
Nature Climate Change. June
2017, Vol. 7, Issue 6, Pages 382-385

Early-stage capital providers and clean energy technology incubators are supporting a new wave of innovations focused on end-use efficiency and demand control. This wave complements expanding investments in supply technologies...

Stefan J. Reichelstein, Anshuman Sahoo
Contemporary Accounting Research. May
31 , 2017

A basic tenet of microeconomics is that for a competitive industry in equilibrium the market price of a product will be equal to its marginal cost. This paper develops a...

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

Rural electrification rates in India lag behind government goals, in part due to the inability of distribution companies (discoms) to fund central grid expansion. In the absence of central grid...

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

It is well documented that a concerted effort is required to reduce the threat of climate change. One vital component in this portfolio of solutions — carbon capture and utilization...

Stephen Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. November
16 , 2016

The policy of net metering allows operators of residential- and commercial solar PV systems to sell surplus electricity back to their utility at the going retail rate. This policy has...

Claire S.H. Lim, Ali Yurukoglu
May 24, 2016

Forthcoming in Journal of Political Economy 

This paper quantitatively assesses time inconsistency, moral hazard, and political ideology in monopoly regulation of electricity distribution. We specify and estimate a dynamic model...

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

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States have been deployed at a rapid pace in recent years, a development that is attributed in significant part to the federal Investment...

Karim Farhat, Stefan J. Reichelstein
Applied Energy. February
15 , 2016, Vol. 164, Pages 857–870

Polygeneration energy systems (PES) have the potential to provide a flexible, high-efficiency, and low-emissions alternative for power generation and chemical synthesis from fossil fuels. This study aims to assess the...

Stefan Reichelstein, Debra Schifrin

In 2016, the €75 billion French multinational energy conglomerate ENGIE was massively transforming its strategic and operational imperatives toward renewable energy. The 200-year old company owned Europe’s biggest natural gas...