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cara goldenberg

Cara Goldenberg

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Cara is a Manager 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.


MPA, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School—Certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

B.S., Environmental Economics and Policy, University of California—Berkeley

Authored Works

Five Lessons from Hawaii’s Groundbreaking PBR Framework

On December 23, 2020, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a landmark decision to adopt a comprehensive performance-based regulatory framework for the islands’ investor-owned utilities. The newly adopted framework delivers a portfolio of thoughtful and innovative regulations that will align utility business incentives with clean energy and customer…


Aligning Utility Performance with the Public Interest

In 2018, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission rejected six out of seven performance incentive mechanisms (PIMs) included in a settlement agreement proposed by the state’s primary utility and a diverse coalition of stakeholder interests, from environmental groups to the state energy office. The joint proposal included new incentives…


Navigating Utility Business Model Reform

Advancing efficient and equitable approaches to update the utility business model—motivated by emerging technological, policy, and market conditions in the electric power sector—is crucial to the grid’s transition to a more secure, clean, affordable, customer-centric system. Powerful trends are impacting the contours of the electric system, including growing policy…


Driving Integration

New sources of concentrated load growth from electric vehicles can pose challenges to the distribution system and to electricity customers—affecting grid reliability and increasing electricity costs—but they can also provide considerable benefits.