e-Lab Accelerator

Teams and Faculty

2018 Teams

The GridOptimal Initiative

Creating metrics and building a rating system to define buildings as grid citizens.

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Juneau Renewable Heating

Outlining the strategic path for Juneau to serve thermal energy requirements from renewable sources.

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Southern Company Non-Wires Alternatives

Exploring regulatory approaches to non-wires alternatives.

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DEEP-HARBOR: Distributed Energy Equity Program - Health And Resilience Benefitting Our Residents

Designing a preferred resources pilot to benefit disadvantaged communities in southwest LA.

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Project WORP: West Oakland Renewable Power

Developing an implementation plan for community-owned, large-scale industrial solar generation in West Oakland.

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Testing Smart Load Growth through Enhanced EV Readiness

Testing strategies to speed conversion to electric vehicles and advantageously shape load.

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Strategically Growing NM Renewables

Helping PNM facilitate a 30%+ renewable energy supply and strengthen relations with affected communities.

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North Minneapolis Microgrid Project

Designing an implementation plan and business model for a community microgrid in North Minneapolis.

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PGE Test Bed

Testing hypotheses and critical assumptions about the potential of flexible loads in the Northwest.

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Military Energy Resilience Catalyst (MERC)

Developing replicable models to streamline deployment of resilient energy systems.

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Illinois Energy Future - Developing Projects to Support the Future Grid

Developing four different pilots to reduce peak demand with a focus on LMI communities.

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Overcoming Challenges to Renter Energy Equity

Protecting low-income renters from new utility rate designs and strengthening the value proposition for multifamily clean energy investments.

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Expert eLab faculty are on-hand throughout the meeting to offer training and insights on critical content areas. Faculty expertise include topics such as regulatory transformation, portfolio design for renewable resources, transition strategies for energy system change, best practices for stakeholder engagement, and venture capital in electricity. eLab faculty are also available throughout the Accelerator meeting to provide specific feedback and coaching to support each team’s project.

In addition to faculty, experienced facilitators from Rocky Mountain Institute and Reos Partners are assigned to each team to lead project discussions.


Peter Bronski

Michael Brylawski

Sunil Cherian

Steve Corneli

Lorenzo Kristov

Karl Rabago

Richard Sedano

Eleanor Stein

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James Newcomb
Senior Expert

Stephan Dolezalek

Clay Phillips

Jon Wellinghoff
CEO and Founder at Grid Policy Inc.