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Daniel Wetzel is a Manager within Rocky Mountain Institute’s China program, located in Beijing. Dan leads RMI’s Electricity Reform Analysis Initiative in China, providing regulators with economic analysis and advice to support designing economically efficient, renewable-focused electricity markets for China. Dan has been with RMI since 2013.
Dan works advising power market design in China, working with researchers, policymakers, and industry to recommend which market designs best support China’s economic and environmental goals. This effort, a collaboration with State Grid’s China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), uses dispatch and market models to evaluate the economic impacts to various stakeholders under different market designs.
Dan also supports the Business Renewables Center (BRC) in China, providing policy and economic analysis for corporate procurement of renewables, helping develop first-of-kind renewable procurement deal formats in China.
He was also a primary researcher for the electricity sector analysis for “Reinventing Fire: China,” a whole-systems, low-emission energy roadmap for China coauthored with Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s Energy Research Institute. This study looks to inform China’s 13th Five Year Plan, an important policy decision that will determine China’s energy strategy for the next five years.
Before joining the China Initiative, Dan supported research and consulting efforts with RMI’s practices in the U.S., including:
- Developing recommendations for New York Public Service to evaluate Information Technology infrastructure investments for utilities
- Conducting scenario-based visioning research to explore the impact of disruptive future tech on global energy systems
- Designing implementation plans for renewable-driven electricity systems on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
- Developing comprehensive economic and predictive models for communities to reach carbon emission reductions
Masters of Energy Science, Technology and Policy; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011
WHY I LOVE WORKING AT RMI
“There are few places where you get to work on the most pressing and interesting problems in the world, with such smart and passionate people, in an culture that challenges you to constantly improve while feeling like a family.”