In September 2018, experts from across the electricity industry gathered at RMI’s e–Lab Summit to discuss the most important emerging trends and opportunities. This blog outlines takeaways from the Transforming Rural Electric Supply group. The rural electric system—like the rest of the US electric system—was designed to capture economies…
Kevin is a Senior Associate of RMI’s electricity practice.
Kevin is the Co-Op and Municipal Utility lead for the Shine Initiative at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). In his time at RMI, Kevin has focused on opening up underserved niches of the renewable electricity market.
Before joining the Shine team, Kevin was an associate with RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). Kevin helped build the BRC from its inception to its current role as a market driver with more than 100 members. Currently Kevin enables rural electric cooperatives to reduce the price of solar by 30-40% by helping them execute effective procurement.
In a previous life, Kevin taught skiing in Utah and middle-school science in Denver. Kevin holds degrees from Penn State and University of Colorado and lives with his family in Carbondale, Colorado.
Masters in Business Administration, University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, 2014
BA in Geography and BS in Science, Penn State University, Schreyer Honors College, 2006
A growing number of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are capturing the economic, grid, and environmental benefits from community-scale solar (CSS) installations as institutional barriers to development are addressed for this emerging technology solution, according to a new report by Rocky Mountain Institute.
On March 22, 2017, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Shine Program released a request for proposals (RFP) for community-scale solar on behalf of a group of rural electric cooperatives in eastern and northern Colorado. The RFP was part of RMI’s ongoing work to develop the community-scale market nationwide. Nearly…
Solar PV installations had a banner year in 2016, and market participants, analysts, and investors took stock of the results, including installed costs and forward-looking price projections. While many studies show the cost of solar continuing to decline, our analysis and field experience suggest that evaluators continue to…
Delta-Montrose Electric Authority (DMEA) is not only responsible for keeping the lights on and the books in the black. As a member-owned rural electric cooperative in southwest Colorado, DMEA is also responsible for living up to the seven cooperative principles, including principle 7: concern for community.
In order for the co-op solar market to achieve its potential, co-ops need to better understand the value of community-scale solar and need to access compelling community-scale offerings. Here we describe three rural electric cooperatives that are doing just that.
Rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) are a large and important part of the U.S. electricity landscape. Across the U.S., 840 distribution cooperatives and 65 generation and transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) serve an estimated 42 million people. Altogether co-ops provide 12 percent of the nation’s electricity and serve nearly 80 percent of U.S.
Millions of homes and businesses are being left out of the solar revolution because they can't go solar. Community-scale solar is poised to change that. In a new report from RMI, we show how community-scale solar could unlock affordable access, creating a 30 GW market by 2020.