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2/20/20 Bits & Watts Community Forum: Incentivizing Homeowners towards a Smarter Grid

February 20, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Shriram Tea Room

Please join us in the Shriram Tea Room for free food, drink and a casual conversation with Kaushik Narasimhan on incentivizing and engaging homeowners to build a smarter and cleaner grid. Please note new location!

Speaker: Kaushik Narasimhan

Abstract: There is a lot of innovation in distributed generation that is possible, especially through demand response and virtual power plants. However, the first step would be to understand customer behavior and engage them to actively participate and be part of the solution. This will help us not only scale power issues rapidly through participation but also conserve resources as we start to think about autonomy from a community perspective as compared to autonomy from a household perspective.

Bio: Kaushik is a MSx candidate at Stanford GSB. In his last role, he was Head of Sales and Product for Flex Australia, one of the largest renewable energy companies in Australia. He was previously managing business development for SunEdison’s residential business in Asia Pacific.Kaushik’s experience is primarily in deploying solar, storage, and smart home solutions in the residential sector across Asia-Pacific. Over the last 8 years, he has launched innovative business models that have helped make renewables affordable and convenient for homeowners, enabling over 10,000 homes to go solar. In Japan, his team formed a partnership with large Japanese electricity retailer to form develop a single rate, solar-electricity offering at the time of electricity de-regulation in 2016. In Australia, his team rolled out a smart-home-energy offering that helped consumers monitor usage, control appliances and engage through voice to stay updated. In both geographies, Kaushik has experience partnering with large utilities and leading solar and storage suppliers to integrate distributed renewable assets to build a smarter grid.Kaushik’s interests lie in leveraging distributed energy to help address energy demand growth in developing markets. His belief is that by engaging and incentivizing homeowners, we can not only scale adoption of clean energy but also optimize resource deployment and waste, especially as we start to think about autonomy from a community perspective as compared to autonomy from a household perspective.

Admission Info

The Bits & Watts "Smart Sharing" Community Forum is open to all Bits & Watts community members, Stanford students, faculty, corporate affiliates and staff.

Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Bits and Watts Initiative, Precourt Institute for Energy, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering
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