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Rachel Gold



  • Buildings
  • Electricity

Rachel Gold is a Manager in Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity and buildings practices. Rachel’s work focuses on changes to the utility business model and regulatory policy to advance the integration of distributed energy resources into the electricity system. Her most recent work addresses distributed energy resource (DER) customer engagement, including the opportunity for regulators in electric vehicle adoption and integration, and for utilities in testing new revenue streams to support DER adoption. She supports e-Lab strategy and business development, and served as the project manager for the first e-Lab Summit.

Rachel has also served a member of the Residential Energy+ team, where she led efforts to enhance transparency and valuation of energy upgrades throughout the residential real estate process.


Before joining RMI, Rachel served as a member of Opower’s regulatory team, leading market development for the state of California and providing strategy, regulatory, and EM&V analysis for North America and Asia-Pacific countries. She began her career in energy as a federal policy analyst at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), where she managed efforts to score energy efficiency provisions in federal energy, climate, and jobs proposals. Rachel has also consulted for the National Park Service’s Business Management Group and the Oakland City Administrator’s Office and interned for the California Public Utilities Commission and the UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy.


Master of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
B.Sc., Biology and Environmental Studies, Brandeis University


Washington, D.C.



Authored Blog Posts

Letting Customers Lead Us to a 21st-Century Electricity Grid

From Hawaiian homeowners to large customers in the Nevada desert to government fleet managers in cities across the U.S., customers are beginning to take control of their energy by using innovative distributed energy resources (DERs). DERs such as rooftop solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, and grid-interactive appliances can save customers…

Electric Vehicles Are Coming. Regulators Must Respond

It’s a great time to be in the market for an electric vehicle (EV). Customers have never had as many EV options, at as many price points, with as much support infrastructure in place as they do today. During the last decade, the number of plug-in vehicle models available for sale has grown to more than 20, just as battery costs have decreased by 70 percent, and the number of EV charging stations across the U.S. has climbed to more than 16,000.

Usage-Based Segmentation Can Create Value in Electricity Markets

Every New Year brings pronouncements about energy trends, and for the past few years, “the year of the customer” has repeatedly been declared. In 2016, that assertion came from Utility Dive, which highlighted the expansion of behavioral demand response, electric vehicles, and third-party energy services.

5 Lessons Learned from the Pepco-Exelon Merger Battle in D.C.

One of the biggest news stories in energy last week came from the “51st state,” where regulators finally approved Exelon and Pepco’s $6.8 billion merger proposal. This ends nearly two years of highly contentious hearings and creates the largest utility in the United States, affecting 2.2 million customers…

Increasing Home Value Through Home Energy Upgrades

It turns out that one of the most valuable remodeling options is one you can’t see. That’s the conclusion of the recent Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, which compares the average cost for popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale value in 100…