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Lena Hansen

Principal (Electricity)


Lena Hansen is a Principal with Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity practice, where she focuses on new utility pricing and business models and the integration of distributed energy resources. She co-leads RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab), a unique multi-year collaboration of leading industry actors to develop, implement, and spread new solutions to enable greater adoption of economic distributed energy resources. Lena coauthored the electricity chapter of RMI’s 2011 book Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for a New Energy Era.

At RMI, Lena has led research and collaboration work focused on new utility business models, valuation of distributed energy resources and their integration into the grid, and resource and business strategy. Her industry collaboration work has been with manufacturing, fuel, and high-tech industries to develop engineering and management design strategies to increase the energy efficiency and sustainability performance. She has conducted research focused on high-penetration variable renewable integration, and has worked to assess biofuels resource potential, develop programs to accelerate development of a state biofuels industry, and conduct an expert design review of the biochemical cellulosic ethanol conversion process.


Before joining RMI, Lena worked with the Alaska Center for the Environment and the Western North Carolina Alliance, where she focused on transit planning and education. She organized "Creating a Sustainable Energy Future: A Duke University Leadership Forum," a nationally recognized forum to begin a dialogue on the future of energy in the United States. The Forum resulted in the development of a graduate-level multi-disciplinary curriculum focused on energy.


  • Master of Environmental Management in Economics & Policy, Duke University, 2004
  • Certificate in Energy & Environment, Duke University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2001


Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program, 2007-2008

Selected Speeches & Presentations

  • Environmental Initiative. Emerging Models for the Utility of the Future. 2013.
  • ASES National Solar Conference. Accelerating Solar Power Adoption: Compounding Cost Savings Across the Value Chain. 2009.
  •  Windpower Conference & Exhibition. Effects of Longer Time Periods and Larger Geographic Areas on Wind and Solar Variability in the Next Generation Utility. 2008.
  • ASES National Solar Conference. Spatial and Temporal Interactions of Solar and Wind Resources in the Next Generation Utility. 2008.
  •  PowerGen-Renewable Energy Conference. Intermittent Renewables in the Next Generation Utility. 2008.
  • Association of Energy Service Professionals Conference. Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Environmentally Beneficial Load Building: Implications on California’s Revenue Adjustment Mechanism. 2008.

Selected Publications (Author or Co-author)