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David Labrador

Senior Writer/Editor


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David Labrador is a Senior Writer/Editor at RMI.

David’s background is in journalism, marketing, and foreign aid. He worked as a writer and researcher at Scientific American magazine and as a copy editor at a scholarly press. He helped to found an English-language newspaper in Kosovo. In addition to his editorial work, he worked for a marketing firm representing corporate clients and raised funds for several nonprofits in the United States and abroad.

David served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and assisted development efforts in Kosovo and in Afghanistan, where he managed a large-scale infrastructure program with the United Nations. He came to RMI from Vermont CARES, an HIV/AIDS service organization, where he served as development director.


BA, Classical Studies, Dartmouth College


Boulder, CO




I love being at the cutting edge of so many fields of energy innovation.”

Authored Blog Posts

Putting Home Energy Upgrades on the Air

Rocky Mountain Institute has teamed up with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to supply the nation’s TV newscasters with materials about home energy upgrades that they can use in their broadcasts, blogs, and websites when they are most relevant. Drafty, energy-inefficient homes can seem perfectly fine when conditions…

RMI Experts Answer Your Questions, Volume 2

On December 1, 2017, RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst and RMI Managing Director Miranda Ballentine held a live video discussion about RMI’s efforts to think bigger, act boldly, and scale globally to support our efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.

Unlocking the High Value of Clean Energy in Low-Income Communities

Among the 135 stakeholders of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e–Lab) who gathered for the first e–Lab Summit at the end of 2016, many are involved with Leap, an ongoing RMI initiative dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of low-income communities and households in a clean energy future.

RMI Experts Answer Your Questions

On December 15, 2016, RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst and Amory Lovins, RMI’s cofounder and chief scientist, held a live video discussion—introduced by Sir Richard Branson—about the business case for renewables and clean energy. They did not have time to answer all the questions attendees asked, so staff from…

Resilience through Clean Energy for a Mission-Ready Air Force

In late April 2016, RMI hosted the third annual eLab Accelerator. Described as a boot camp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session brought together 13 teams from across North America—from North Carolina to Ottawa and California to New York—to work on new business models, energy innovation districts, and…

Modernizing the Electricity System in Minnesota

In April 2016, RMI hosted the third annual eLab Accelerator. (Applications are now being accepted for eLab Accelerator 2017.) Described as a boot camp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session brought together 13 teams from across North America—from North Carolina to Ottawa and California…

Thou Shalt Covet Thy Neighbor’s Home Energy Upgrade

When surveyed, homeowners respond that they want to do home energy upgrades. So why haven’t home energy upgrades spread like wildfire? Residential solar installations, meanwhile, spread like crazy in neighborhoods where even a few solar panels appear, in a process called “solar contagion.” A webinar on December 1 will reveal…

Black History and Culture in a Green Building

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is about to become the newest member of the Smithsonian system on the National Mall, in a dazzling building that is more sustainable than any before it. At the official opening this Saturday, Victor Olgyay, a principal at RMI and a leader of RMI’s buildings practice, and Elaine Gallagher Adams, a former manager with RMI’s buildings practice, will be taking part. The pair was involved with the project from its very beginning, as was RMI.

Green Giant 3M Signs First-Ever PPA With Invenergy

3M, the global manufacturing and technology giant, announced its first-ever power purchase agreement in February for a hefty 120 MW of power. The power was procured from Invenergy, North America’s largest independent renewable power generation company.

How Much Does Storage Really Cost? Lazard Weighs In.

In November 2015, financial advisory firm Lazard released its first-ever Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis (LCOS). Well known for its Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) analysis—now out in version 9.0—Lazard publishing an analysis of storage is a major sign that it considers battery energy storage a critical…

BRC Companies Win EPA Green Power Awards

Early last week the EPA announced the 2015 Green Power Leadership Awards. At least five of the winners, who are recognized for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market, are affiliated with RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC).

What is Solar Power Really Worth to Maine?

A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price.

Teaching the Arithmetic of Deep Retrofit Value

Does it make business sense to do a deep energy retrofit on a commercial building? Many investors currently overlook the retrofit’s value beyond its energy cost savings, but now their asset managers will be able to do a more complete calculation.

A Small Iowa Town Embraces Energy Independence

How does a single streetscape project turn into a community-wide energy independence effort? Tiny Bloomfield, Iowa, discovered the answer with the help of RMI’s eLab Accelerator, and their story is a surprising one with big implications for small towns across America.