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Chris Nelder



  • Mobility Transformation

Chris Nelder is a Manager with RMI’s mobility practice, where he leads the EV-Grid Integration initiative, supporting the build-out of EV charging infrastructure. Chris joined RMI in October 2015.


Chris comes to RMI with over a decade of experience as an independent energy analyst, writer, speaker, and consultant. The author of two books and hundreds of articles on energy, as well as a seasoned public speaker, Chris is an established expert on energy with a long track record of advocating for energy transition. In addition to his work in energy, Chris has had previous careers in solar photovoltaic system design, software engineering and product development for numerous companies including Microsoft, Web publishing early in the history of the Web, and technical writing.


Boulder, CO

Authored Blog Posts

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared for the EV Tsunami

The long years of waiting for electric vehicles (EVs) to enter the mainstream are over. Largely thanks to sharply falling prices, EV sales in the U.S. have been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 32 percent for the past four years, and monthly 2017 sales data suggests that…

Report Release: Best Practices for Deploying EV Charging Stations

Vehicle electrification is overwhelmingly beneficial for society as a whole—even for nondrivers. The world doesn’t need any more cost-benefit analyses; they’ve already been done, and they show as much. And we should not doubt that people will buy electric vehicles (EVs). Sales are accelerating so rapidly that Bloomberg New Energy…

Don’t Start Your Engines: EVs Are off to the Races

Summer is generally a time for long weekends and vacations, but the electric vehicle juggernaut doesn’t share this proclivity to pause. Vehicle manufacturers are quickly pivoting to the rapidly emerging electric vehicle (EV) market. Volvo announced on July 5, 2017, that all of its new vehicles will contain an electric…

Rate-Design Best Practices for Public Electric-Vehicle Chargers

Public direct current fast chargers (DCFC) are anticipated to play an important role in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. However, utility demand charges—special charges based on the peak rate of electricity consumption in a month, which are applied in addition to the…

EVs Charge Ahead with New Technologies and Business Models

A recent report from RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab) describes how the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) could happen much faster than most expect, driven by a host of incentives, targets, and trends. The rapid growth of EVs is driving innovation in numerous areas and has far-reaching implications. For one,…

It’s Time to Plan for Electric Vehicles on the Grid

New report identifies important best practices for utilities, regulators, and other stakeholders If you think electric vehicles are still a niche technology, think again. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that more than 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) were on the road in 2015, including 400,000…

Congress Just Extended the PTC and ITC: What You Need to Know

Late last week, Congress passed a bill that extends the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that have benefited wind and solar, respectively. This is big news for the U.S. renewable energy industry. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the net result could be 37…