Stephen D. Comello

Stephen D. Comello
Lecturer
Contact Info
StephenD.Comello
Senior Research Fellow, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy, Policy and Finance

Additional Administrative Titles

Director, Energy Business Innovations

Research Statement

Stephen D. Comello researches the effects of financing structures, business models, innovation strategy, 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.

Bio

Comello is the director of the Energy Business Innovations focus area at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a senior research fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy, Policy and Finance at Stanford University. He is also a techno-economic and policy lead for Stanford University’s Bits & Watts Initiative and StorageX Initiative, and co-instructor for the popular Building Energy Efficiency online course. His 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.

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

Journal Articles

Stephen D. Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein. Nature Communications. May 2019, Vol. 10, Issue 1, Pages 2038.
Stephen D. Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein, Anshuman Sahoo. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. September 2018, Vol. 92, Pages 744-756.
John E. Bistline, Stephen D. Comello, Anshuman Sahoo. Energy. May 2018, Vol. 151, Pages 211-225.
Peter C. Psarras, Stephen D. Comello, Praveen Bains, Panunya Charoensawadpong, Stefan J. Reichelstein, Jennifer Wilcox. Environment Science Technology. August 2017, Vol. 51, Issue 19, Pages 11440-11449.
A. Bumpus, Stephen D. Comello. Nature Climate Change. June 2017, Vol. 7, Issue 6, Pages 382-385.
Stephen D. Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein, Anshuman Sahoo, Tobias Schmidt. World Development. January 20, 2017.
Stephen D. Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. November 16, 2016.
Stephen D. Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. March 2016, Vol. 55, Issue March 2016, Pages 591–602.
Stephen D. Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein. Energy Policy. November 10, 2014, Vol. 74, Pages 579 – 588.
Stephen D. Comello, Gabriel Maltais-Landry, Benedict R. Schwegler, Michael D. Lepech. Ecological Economics. April 2014, Vol. 100, Pages 63–73.
Stephen D. Comello, Michael D. Lepech, Benedict R. Schwegler. Journal of Management in Engineering. January 2012, Vol. 28, Issue 1.

Teaching

Degree Courses

2020-21

This course provides basic skills in quantitative modeling. The objective is to familiarize students with the main steps in an analytical approach to business decision making: constructing an abstract model for a relevant business problem,...

Stanford Case Studies

Restructuring a Utility: RWE’s Carve-Out of innogy | SM278
Stefan Reichelstein, Donna Bebb, Stephen Comello2017

Insights by Stanford Business

October 17, 2016
Stanford researchers weigh in on a contentious debate around changes to an important renewable energy incentive.
April 6, 2016
A change in the law could extend electricity to millions of people.
December 8, 2015
A Stanford scholar shows why the critics are wrong.
April 21, 2015
A change to a tax credit could kill the nascent industry.
October 17, 2014
Not as much as you might think, according to two scholars.