Donate Menu

Stephen Doig

Managing Director

Email

  • Islands Energy
  • SEED
  • Shine

Stephen Doig is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute where he leads work on the transformation of island economies to renewable energy and energy efficiency and co-leads the Institute’s work to radically increase the adoption of distributed renewable energy, especially solar PV. His islands work is underpinned by his broad experience across all of RMI’s work including buildings, electricity, industry and transportation. He has led teams to deliver results in diverse areas such as a 40% decrease in energy use at the Empire State Building, a data center that uses 80% less energy, an energy strategy for a major U.S. utility that incorporated 30% renewable energy by 2030 and established RMI’s work on lowering the cost of solar PV. He also led the team for RMI’s book, Reinventing Fire, which outlines the transition of the U.S. to renewable energy and applied that approach to the comprehensive energy plan for Connecticut.

His current work in solar PV is focused making this resource available to lower income communities.

BACKGROUND

Prior to joining RMI in 2007, Stephen worked at McKinsey & Co. where he focused on operational excellence including procurement, manufacturing, network configuration, product development and global sourcing across a wide range of industries ranging from integrated steel to healthcare in the UK. He also had a leadership role in McKinsey’s Sustainability practice where he focused on energy efficiency in a wide range of sectors.

Stephen served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Air Force on energy efficiency where he led a team that developed a strategy to reduce energy use by 30% in 10 years and drive up adoption of renewable energy. He’s held faculty positions at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and at Carleton College.

EDUCATION

BA in Chemistry, Dartmouth College
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley
Postdoctoral researcher at the Mayo Clinic and the California Institute of Technology

Authored Works
insight

Kickstarting the Widespread Adoption of Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites: Key Findings and Next Steps

This report details the results of RMI’s 2012 Autocomposites Workshop. During the course of a three-day workshop, ~40 leading experts from across the automotive carbon fiber composite value chain, industry experts, and government representatives convened to develop approaches to break down the barriers that have stifled advancements in vehicle weight…

insight

Industrial Electric Productivity: Myths, Barriers, & Solutions

There is an enormous gap in the electric productivity of the nation. If the country achieved the normalized industrial electric productivity of the top ten performing states, the U.S. would save 300,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) each year, over the lifetime of the efficiency measures. This is the equivalent of 8% of…

insight

Executive Summary of Achieving Low-Cost Solar PV: Industry Workshop Recommendations for Near-Term Balance-of-System Cost Reductions

The executive summary provides a high-level overview of key technical and process best practices that emerged from RMI’s June 2010 “Solar PV Balance of System” design charrette. BoS costs—all the upfront costs associated with a PV system except the module—account for over half of PV system cost and pose a…

insight

Achieving Low-Cost Solar PV: Industry Workshop Recommendations for Near-Term Balance-of-System Cost Reductions

This report synthesizes the specific design strategies and technical and process best practices that emerged from RMI’s June 2010 “Solar PV Balance of System” design charrette. BoS costs—all the upfront costs associated with a PV system except the module—account for over half of PV system cost and pose a barrier…

insight

Energy Within Reach

1.3 billion people around the world live without basic access to electricity, including 900 million in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Bringing light to these people currently in the dark is an acute, urgent humanitarian and economic development challenge for these countries that have ambitious goals. Energy is the cornerstone that…