Dr. Dariush Shirmohammadi

Technical Director, CalWEA and

Dr. Dariush Shirmohammadi is the technical director at the California Wind Energy Association and the lead for GridBright’s engineering consulting services. He has over 40 years of experience in the utility industry in the planning, design and operation of transmission and distribution grids, integration of renewable resources, and development and implementation of electricity markets.  

Prior to GridBright Dariush held senior technical positions at Ontario Hydro, PG&E, Perot Systems, PA Consulting, California ISO, and Shir Power Engineering Consultants, Inc.   At California ISO, where he was in charge of both long-term transmission planning as well as short term operations planning, he planned for and secured approval for two of the largest transmission projects in the nation intended for integration of renewable resources:  the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project and the Sunrise Powerlink Project.  

Dr. Shirmohammadi has authored over 70 technical papers on renewable generation interconnection and integration, utility industry restructuring and electricity markets, and power system planning and operation, distribution system analysis and automation, Electromagnetic transient’s analysis, and High voltage engineering.  He has been honored with multiple awards for his leadership, innovation, and technical skills, including IEEE Fellowship award, IEEE Best Paper Award, Utility Wind Integration Group’s (UWIG) Annual Achievement Award, Perot Systems’ Inventors award, and PG&E Wall of Fame Award for technical excellence.

Dr. Shirmohammadi has a Ph.D. in Electric Power Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a registered Professional Engineer.

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