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Leia Guccione



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Leia Guccione is a Principal with RMI’s electricity and industrial practices, where she specializes in microgrids, campus energy systems, industrial ecosystems, distributed generation and storage, and renewable energy procurement strategies. Additional areas of expertise include the use of collaborative processes for complex problem solving, and IT solutions for improved collaboration. Select project experience includes:

Leia leads RMI’s research on the disruptive potential of distributed solar PV deployed in concert with distributed battery energy storage. Her team produced RMI’s report The Economics of Grid Defection: When and Where Distributed Solar Generation Plus Storage Competes With Traditional Utility Service, and is currently working on a sequel report.

Leia also serves as the Manager for the eLab Ecosystem of activities. RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab), is a unique multi-year collaboration of leading industry actors to develop, implement, and spread new solutions to enable greater adoption of economic distributed energy resources. As the Ecosystem Manager, Leia oversees the design and execution of core eLab programs and events, which include eLab Accelerator, eLab Ignite events, and the on-going collaboration between eLab members.

Leia also supports RMI’s work to facilitate and accelerate investment in, and procurement of renewable energy by large energy consumers, with a special focus on corporations as energy consumers. Leia led the renewable energy procurement analysis and strategy development for a Fortune 500 corporation with a nation-wide operational footprint.


Prior to joining RMI, Leia served in the United States Navy as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer. As an officer in the Navy, Leia served aboard the USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52), an amphibious Marine-transport ship, and the aircraft carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). She also served as a training manager for Commander Naval Air Forces – Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC), where she provided training and strategy support for the five Pacific-based aircraft carriers in the US fleet.


Masters of Science in Sustainable Development, University of London (2014)
Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science, Iowa State University (2004)
Professional Engineer, P.E. (2018)


Boulder, CO



Authored Blog Posts

Eight Areas of Electricity Innovation to Watch in 2017

It’s 2017 and we have a lot to look forward to in the electricity sector this year. While many of us take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of 2016, there are just as many of us who are thinking about the challenges ahead. For the past five years,…

The Grid is at a Fork in the Road

Today, the road towards an integrated grid is the one less traveled. But it is for this very reason that RMI is working with leaders in New York and elsewhere to collaboratively develop the solutions that will lead us down the road toward an integrated grid.

Higher Education’s Energy Lessons

We tend to think of colleges, and especially their students, as our future. We’re not only talking about the students themselves, who will become the next generation of leaders, but the actual campuses, and what we can learn from them about our electricity future.

Who’s the BoS?

The United States has much to learn from Germany’s über-low balance of systems costs for solar PV.

Microgrids: Providing safe harbor in a storm

The impacts of Sandy are now familiar to many: the electricity grid went down, leaving upwards of 8.5 million people without power. Yet, there were a handful of literal bright spots in the darkness.