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Ali Rotatori

  • Urban Transformation

Since joining RMI in 2016, Ali has worked on programs that help non-utility buyers develop and implement renewable energy strategies. Ali is currently part of the City Renewables Accelerator (CRA): a collaborative effort that draws on the strengths of Rocky Mountain Institute, World Resources Institute, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). Specifically, the team supports the 25 cities selected to be a part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC), as well as USDN member cities on renewable energy procurements that will help them achieve their aggressive short-term goals.

As part of that work, she leads CRA’s engagement with 6 of the 25 cities, as well as a 6-month cohort of 15 cities all working towards procuring utility-scale renewable energy.


Previously, Ali was a part of RMI’s Business Renewables Center (now REBA), where she educated large corporations and supported them in developing their off-site renewable energy goals and procurement.


BA, Environmental Science and Economics, Middlebury College


Washington, D.C.

Authored Works

Bringing Back Clean Air

With the promise of vaccines curtailing the spread of COVID, states and economies are beginning to open up again, and we find ourselves getting back not only the good but also some of the negative aspects of pre-pandemic life. Businesses are powering back up, and cars and trucks are roaring…


The Benefits of Rooftop Solar for Municipal Buildings in India

Originally published on The Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) website. If there’s one word to describe India’s goal of achieving 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy installation by 2022, it is “ambitious.” Of this, 40 GW need to come from rooftop solar (RTS) systems, which are installed on building premises and…


Fulfilling America’s Pledge

Cities in the United States are uniquely positioned to spur growth in demand for renewable energy procurement, accelerate the transition to a clean energy system, and provide visible and practical examples for the country as whole. By demonstrating to states, regions, and the federal government that it is possible to…


The Corporate Renewables Market Is Ready for Smaller Buyers

This blog post is part of a series from RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which streamlines and accelerates corporate purchasing of off-site, large-scale renewable energy.   “The era of expensive renewables is over,” declared the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol,…


In Motor City, a Rising Industry Keeps the Lights On

General Motors (GM), one of the world’s largest automotive companies, is bringing new energy to Detroit these days—literally. Just a week after the presidential election this year, more than 200 renewable market participants gathered at GM’s headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, for the Business Renewables Center’s (BRC’s)…