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e-Lab Accelerator

A bootcamp for electricity innovation

e-Lab Accelerator 2018

Application Deadline—January 19, 2018

What is e-Lab Accelerator?

e-Lab Accelerator is an invitation-only four-day working meeting bringing together teams throughout North America that are working on high-impact and innovative projects at the electricity system’s distribution edge.

Why It Matters

e-Lab Accelerator helps unlock opportunities to drive projects forward more effectively and collaboratively. Trained facilitators and technical experts provide customized content, training, and tailored feedback for each team’s unique project.

Who’s Involved

Accelerator teams comprise 5–8 people representing multiple project stakeholders and partners. A team’s project must be actively under development, although it may range from an idea just brought into existence to a project well under way.

What We’re Doing

New Business Models
Projects explore new utility business models, market structures, and regulatory efforts focused on optimizing the value of distributed energy resources (DERs) for all stakeholders.

DER Value Creation
Projects tackle new rate designs, compensation mechanisms (e.g., PACE financing, net metering reform, etc.), deployment strategies, and customer engagement programs focused on creating value streams for DERs (e.g., distributed solar, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, etc.).

Microgrids & More
Projects demonstrate or pilot innovative local, community-based DER solutions such as microgrids, downtown clean energy zones, net-zero districts, climate action planning, community solar projects, and others.

What We’ve Accomplished

e-Lab Accelerator 2016 brought together cutting-edge projects from across the country to catalyze real proof points of how the electricity system is rapidly evolving, and how these changes can benefit communities. Thirteen teams brought a mix of decision makers—ranging from city government officials to utility executives to technology providers—to apply their collective brainpower to solve complex problems in a high-energy, focused, and collaborative environment. Topics included mitigating against future risk, national security, and improving people’s access to clean energy.

Behind the Scenes at e-Lab Accelerator

Each year, teams from across the U.S. and around the world join experts from RMI to develop, test, and scale solutions to meet the unprecedented challenges we face as the electricity grid transforms.

Resources

Event Details

e-Lab Accelerator logistics for attending teams, staff, and faculty.

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Teams and Faculty

The yearly roster of e-Lab Accelerator teams and faculty.

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Reports

View reports that support e-Lab Accelerator topics.

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Blogs

Blog posts tracking e-Lab Accelerator teams and projects

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Webinar

Microgrid Lessons-Learned From Three Years of e-Lab Accelerator

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Webinar

e-Lab Accelerator 2015 Team Update

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OUR TEAM

James Newcomb
Managing Director
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Lena Hansen
Managing Director
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Leia Guccione
Principal
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Virginia Lacy
Principal
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Mark Silberg
eLab Network Manager
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Rachel Gold
Manager
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Jason Meyer
Manager
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Courtney Fairbrother
Sr. Associate
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Dan Cross-Call
Manager
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Roy Torbert
Principal
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Koben Calhoun
Manager
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Eric Wanless
Principal
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Martha Campbell
Manager
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Claire Henly
Manager
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Kaitlyn Bunker
Manager
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Curtis Probst
Managing Director
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Hervé Touati
Managing Director
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Jonathan Walker
Manager
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Ellen Franconi
Manager
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Todd Zeranski
Marketing Manager
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