Gireesh Shrimali

Precourt Scholar
Sustainable Finance Initiative at Stanford University

Gireesh Shrimali is a Precourt Scholar at the Sustainable Finance Initiative at Stanford University. He is also a visiting scholar at the Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as well as at the Center for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College. Previously, he was the Director of Climate Policy Initiative’s India Program, and a Research Fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University. He has taught at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterrey as well as the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

His current research focus is on renewable energy finance and policy; in general, on the catalytic role of finance in getting to the 2C climate target; and, in particular, on pathways for provision of low-cost, long-term capital for clean energy transition. His work has also included topics such as analysis of India’s renewable policies; the impact of federal and state policy on the development and deployment of renewable energy in the U.S.; and business models for off-grid energy in developing countries.

He holds a PhD from Stanford University, an MS from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Prior to his academic/research career, he has over nine years of industry experience designing high-speed networking and computing systems.

07 Oct
 - 12:15 Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Panel Discussion

As many utilities move towards retirement of fossil fuels, this panel will investigate the role that energy storage can play in filling the gap. We will discuss:

  • Repurposing fossil fuel projects - are there opportunities in this space for investors?
  • The economic case for renewable generation and storage
  • Reliability and the responsibility regulated utilities have to rate-payers
  • How are ISOs pricing reliability?
  • Environmental justice and the role that power plants can play in the community