The restrictive nature of conventional regulatory processes is inhibiting the historic transformation underway in the power sector. While states, cities, and utilities are committing to ambitious renewable energy goals, shutting down coal plants, and investing in new technologies, the processes being used to update regulatory structures that…
Cara is a senior associate with RMI’s electricity practice. She focuses on regulatory policy reforms and changes to the utility business model needed to support the integration of distributed energy resources.
Before joining RMI, Cara was pursuing a Master in Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she received a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. While at Princeton, Cara interned with RMI, co-authoring a report on the role of state utility regulators in supporting electric vehicle deployment and grid integration. Additionally, she consulted for Grid Alternatives, researching community solar program models across the U.S. and developing recommendations for state-level community solar legislation.
Prior to Princeton, Cara worked at Dian Grueneich Consulting in San Francisco. Her work focused on analyzing state and regional policies and regulations related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand response, and grid modernization. Cara also worked with Stanford University on research projects focused on California’s renewable energy regulatory framework, state-level electricity policy changes needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the “Next Level of Energy Efficiency” initiative.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
- MPA, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School—Certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
- B.S., Environmental Economics and Policy, University of California—Berkeley