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Bits & Watts Community Seminar: Stefan Reichelstein, The Road Ahead for Solar PV

May 26, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Y2E2 RM 300
Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
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Talk abstract: This presentation provides an overview of the U.S. solar PV industry. How competitive is solar PV in different segments of the electric power industry today and what dynamics should we expect in the coming years? Particular attention will be focused on regulations and policies that are likely to shape the increasing penetration of distributed generation, in particular solar PV, in the overall electricity supply.

Bio: Professor Stefan J. Reichelstein, Ph.D. is the William R. Timken Professor of Accounting at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is known internationally for his research on the interface of management accounting and economics. His work has addressed issues in cost- and profitability analysis, decentralization, internal pricing and performance measurement. His research projects have spanned both analytical models, empirical work and field studies. Reichelstein’s papers have been published consistently in leading accounting and economics journals. Insights from his research have been applied by a range of corporations and government agencies. In recent years, Reichelstein has also studied the cost of reducing carbon emissions and the cost competitiveness of different energy sources, with a particular focus on solar photovoltaics. He currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Sustainable Energy Initiative at the Stanford GSB and as Faculty Research Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University.

Stefan Reichelstein received his Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1984. Prior to that, he completed his undergraduate studies in economics at the University of Bonn in Germany. Over the past 30 years, Reichelstein has served on the faculties of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, the University of Vienna in Austria, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His teaching has spanned financial and managerial accounting courses offered to undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral students. In recent years, he has introduced new courses on Sustainability and Clean Energy at Stanford. Reichelstein’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and private foundations; several of his papers have won “Best-Paper” awards. 

We invite you to this Bits & Watts Community Seminar. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids relating to energy systems, markets and policy. The Community Seminars alternate with the SmartGrid Seminars on Thursdays at 1:30 pm inviting students, researchers and faculty of Stanford University.