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James Sherwood

Sr. Associate (Electricity)


James Sherwood is a Sr. Associate with RMI's electricity practice.


James comes to RMI having completed his graduate work at Stanford University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Atmosphere/Energy program. A 2011 M.A.P. Renewable Energy Fellow with RMI, James has great interest in renewable energy sources and their integration into the electric grid, as well as, more broadly, in sustainable planning, energy efficiency, and transportation. While studying energy management and design in the Environmental Studies and Planning program at Sonoma State University, he served as research assistant on projects studying grid integration of renewables and land use changes in Latin America. He has also worked as a GIS analyst studying the habitats of endangered species in Northern California. At RMI, he continues to work to transform the way that the world thinks about and uses energy toward a more sustainable model in a way that is both economically, societally, and environmentally beneficial.


  • Master of Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering—Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies & Planning—Energy Management & Design Program, Minor in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, Sonoma State University, 2010

RMI Projects

Electric Utility Client Work - On behalf PG&E, RMI organized and facilitated a roundtable of experts to evaluate the potential implications for the California utility and its customers of a future business environment characterized by high levels of customer energy efficiency, growing numbers of zero net energy buildings, and increased adoption of distributed generation by utility customers. James worked to help characterize the past, present, and future states of California’s electricity system—in terms of policy, regulation, and development—and to outline both the challenges posed by this future business environment, and potential ways forward.

eLab RMI’s eLab (Electricity Innovation Lab) is a state-of-the-art forum for collaborative innovation working to accelerate the transformation of the U.S. electricity system to a more efficient, renewable, and affordable future. While working on this multi-year endeavor, James will help to model the financial impacts of alternative utility business strategies and rate structures, and to develop clarity around methodologies for appropriately valuing distributed energy resources by developing ways to create transparency by appropriately unbundling services and prices.