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Leia Guccione

Principal

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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.

BACKGROUND

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.

EDUCATION & AWARDS

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)

LOCATION

Boulder, CO

TWITTER HANDLE

@LeiaGuccione

Authored Works
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Navigating Utility Business Model Reform

Advancing efficient and equitable approaches to update the utility business model—motivated by emerging technological, policy, and market conditions in the electric power sector—is crucial to the grid’s transition to a more secure, clean, affordable, customer-centric system. Powerful trends are impacting the contours of the electric system, including growing policy…

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Customer-Centric Energy Transformation

Green Mountain Power (GMP) in Vermont has announced a new company vision as Vermont’s Energy Transformation Company and pursued a path of customer innovation to advance the transition to a low-carbon, affordable, reliable future energy system. In so doing, GMP aims to expand from its traditional vertically integrated, investor-owned business…

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Reimagining the Utility

Electric utilities must modernize to serve new economic and policy objectives, including managing an increasingly distributed and decarbonized power system. A fundamental question for this future system is: What is the appropriate scope for utility functions (and associated earnings opportunities) versus those that should be provided by a competitive marketplace?…

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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,…

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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.

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Transactive Energy

The session explored how platforms can enable value exchange of distributed energy resources, both vertically to the distribution and bulk power system, as well as horizontally through bilateral transactions from distributed resources.