At RMI, Virginia consults with electric utilities, corporations and governments in the development of integrated energy strategies that drive competitive advantage through a portfolio of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. She specializes in electricity supply issues, especially variable renewable energy sources and their integration into the grid.
Virginia's corporate clients have included one of the world’s largest mining operations, a major Atlantic oil refiner and two Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, she managed the analysis for technical and economic potential of renewable energy for one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. She also managed supply-side research and analysis for an integrated energy strategy for the State of Hawaii. Finally, Virginia has provided quantitative modeling and analysis on a variety of topics, including fuel price volatility, energy commodities market trends, and the financial valuation of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
During her graduate studies at Yale, Virginia focused on energy policy and investment and served as the co-coordinator of the Yale Climate Initiative, an ongoing effort to recommend and implement greenhouse gas mitigation strategies at the university. Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, Virginia was a research analyst with the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), a socially responsible investment research firm, where she analyzed the environmental performance of S&P 1500 companies for some of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. Prior to joining IRRC, Virginia worked in the political arena in Washington, D.C., working with the League of Conservation Voters.
- Master of Environmental Management, Yale University
- Bachelor of Arts, Government, University of Virginia
- “Strategies for Integrating High Penetrations of Wind in the Next Generation Utility,” 2010, to be presented at AWEA Windpower Conference 2010.
- “Accelerating Solar Power Adoption: Compounding Cost Savings Across the Value Chain,” 2009, ASES National Solar Conference.
- “Valuation of Renewable and Distributed Resources,” 2007, Electric Power Research Institute, publication pending.
- “The Cleantech Venture Capital Report, 2006. The Inaugural Report Providing Comprehensive Review and Analysis of Cleantech Venture Investment in North America,” 2006.
- Metrick, Craig and Virginia Lacy, 2002. “Environmental Performance in Japan: A Survey of Corporate Environmental Reports.” Washington, DC: IRRC.