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Erik G. Fowler



Erik is a Manager at RMI where he currently works on transformative projects across the practice areas of electricity, buildings, and communities. Erik has a consistent track record of project leadership, strategy and business development, entrepreneurial innovation, and program improvement.


Prior to joining RMI, Erik was a senior associate at ICF International in the Energy & Environment group supporting implementation of a major commercial energy efficiency program for a mid-Atlantic utility. At ICF, he provided critical design feedback and deployment strategy for innovative projects such as a new commercial, behavioral-based energy conservation program, and newly emerging energy analytics software platforms piloted at utility scale. From ICF to present, he continues to critically track and study state, local and national energy policies; energy efficiency and distributed solar technologies & markets; commercial PACE developments; and other emerging financing methods for efficiency and renewables. His prior graduate work focused on distributed solar PV markets and policy.

Erik also has prior experience with leading green building initiatives at the community level while working with city leaders and organizational stakeholders. In 2007, while serving as a board member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, he researched and implemented green building and energy efficiency searchable field data into the local multiple listing service for real estate brokerages and consumers in the City of Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city. In addition, he consulted with developers, builders and industry leadership on energy efficiency and green building market strategy early in regional market adoption of these design principles.

Erik possesses a unique combination of technical aptitude and project implementation experience, coupled with big-picture capacity and strategic insight. He is proficient in energy and environmental research and writing, and regularly attends industry conferences and Department of Energy events.


  • M.E.M., Energy & Environmental Policy (DEL Professional Master’s Program), 2012
    Duke University, Nicholas School
  • B.A., Cognitive & Social Sciences, 1995
    University of California, Berkeley


  • Business Energy Professional (BEP), Association of Energy Engineers, 2013
  • LEED GA, U.S. Green Building Council, 2009
  • Strategic Business Development, University of Chicago GSB, 1999


  • Mainstreaming Distributed Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Adoption in the United States: Drivers, Timing and the Private Sector.  Duke Space, 2012. http://hdl.handle.net/10161/5351
  • State Renewable Portfolio Standards in the United States: A Review of Policy Features & Program Designs with Implications for a Federal Renewable Portfolio Standard. 2011. Available by request.
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