Becky Xilu Li

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Becky is a manager with RMI’s Utility Transition Finance Initiative within the Carbon-Free Electricity Practice, where she leads the development and deployment of financial models that help accelerate utility decarbonization pathways.

Her work at RMI spans multiple programs and initiatives over the past years. She has extensive experience working with utilities, regulators, advocates, and corporate customers in supporting electricity market and rate design, corporate renewable procurement, grid reliability, and resilience assessment. Most recently, she evaluated the benefits and challenges of utility decarbonization pathways and how financing mechanisms and regulatory reforms can help mitigate the risks of the transition.


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