Giovanni Damato

Technical Leader
Electric Power Research Institute
Giovanni Damato serves as a Technical Leader in the Energy Storage, Distributed Generation, and Microgrids program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Giovanni has a decade of professional experience leading the exploration of distributed energy resources, including customer-sited energy storage. Key focus areas include strategic and detailed techno-economic analyses, development of publicly available tools for supporting the integration of energy storage systems, and collaboration with the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC). At Strategen Consulting, Giovanni led the team’s value proposition practice for over eight years. Stakeholders sought his expertise to identify use cases, construct evaluation frameworks, and conduct cost effectiveness analyses of various clean energy projects such as large campus microgrids, which included the integration of solar, fuel cells, energy storage, electric vehicles, and building automation to meet strategic energy goals. On the regulatory front, he guided the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) stakeholder process for the cost effectiveness evaluation of energy storage during the Storage Rulemaking (AB2514). In efforts to amend California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), Giovanni helped build the business case for the inclusion of energy storage as an eligible technology. Giovanni brings additional practical and analytical skills from the construction industry. As a licensed general contractor, Giovanni founded a custom homebuilding business. Giovanni holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He enjoys adventure traveling—including Mount Everest, Aconcagua, and Kilimanjaro.

Giovanni Damato has a decade of professional experience leading the exploration of distributed energy resources, including customer-sited energy storage.

Giovanni serves as a Technical Leader in the Energy Storage, Distributed Generation, and Microgids program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Key focus areas include strategic and detailed techno-economic analyses, development of publicly available tools to support the integration of energy storage systems, and collaboration with the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC).

At Strategen Consulting, Giovanni led the team’s value proposition practice for over eight years. Leading real estate developers, utility companies, public utility commissions, global solar integrators, and clean energy technology providers sought his expertise to identify use cases, construct evaluation frameworks, and conduct cost effectiveness analyses of various energy projects such as large corporate and academic campus microgrids, which included the integration of solar, fuel cells, energy storage, electric vehicles, and building automation to meet strategic energy goals.

On the regulatory front at Strategen, he guided the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) stakeholder process for the cost effectiveness evaluation of energy storage during the Storage Rulemaking. Giovanni played an integral role in efforts to amend the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), where he helped build the business case for the inclusion of energy storage as an eligible technology.

Giovanni holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is also a licensed general contractor. He enjoys adventure traveling—including Mount Everest, Aconcagua, and Kilimanjaro.

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