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Becky Xilu Li

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Becky Xilu Li is a Manager in Rocky Mountain Institute’s Carbon-Free Electricity Practice. Her work focuses on technical-economic analysis of alternative rate design and distributed energy resources in both US and international markets. She joined RMI in June 2015.


Prior to RMI, Becky was in the master program at Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. During her time in school, she also served as policy and business consultant in several projects. In a project with Sonoma County Water Agency, she helped design behavioral energy efficiency program for Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). She also had experience in business strategic plan of clean technology. She worked with SunPower to develop their potential market strategy roadmap, and conducted market research and interviews for an ARPA-E funded cleantech research team to design business plan for commercialization. Most recently she worked at the Grid Integration Group in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) on a consulting project for California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to help them assess the technical, economic and market potential of Demand Response (DR) in California in the next 10 years.

Before coming to the US, Becky studied economics in China, where she conducted research analysis on energy economics as a student research assistant, as well as consulted for national government and agencies on energy market design.


Master of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Master of Art in Economics, Renmin University of China
Bachelor of Art in Economics, Renmin University of China


New York City, NY

Authored Works

Climate Change Is Messing with Texas

With extreme cold stretching across half the United States, the past week has seen unprecedented power outages in the central part of the country, and particularly in Texas. Millions of people remain without power as the state’s grid operator, ERCOT, struggles to meet historic demand for electricity even as…

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Reimagining Grid Resilience

This report describes the changing nature of resilience within the US grid and details specific recommendations to take advantage of current technological trends. This will help bring about investment in a grid that promotes resilience by design, economically and from the bottom up, and not as a cost-adding afterthought years later.

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Reimagining Grid Resilience in the Energy Transition

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced much of the world to first shelter in place and then continue to spend significant time at home as outbreaks re-emerge. Reliable delivery of electricity to homes and essential businesses in this time of upheaval has been critical in maintaining any semblance of normality. Yet…