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chaz teplin

Charles Teplin

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Chaz Teplin is a Principal in RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity Practice. Chaz studies resilient, clean, and cost-effective solutions that can modernize how the United States generates and delivers electricity. His work includes quantitative modeling and stakeholder facilitation.


Dr. Teplin brings experience from throughout the energy technology chain. At NREL, Chaz worked on materials, devices and economics for solar photovoltaic energy. With Chaz helped lead a collaboration between the lab and Ampulse, a photovoltaics startup based on laboratory patents (including his own). At Terralux, an LED lighting startup, Chaz architected and led development of LEDSENSE, an Internet of Things building controls platform.


Ph.D. in Physics – University of Colorado at Boulder

B.A. in Physics – Swarthmore College

2012 “Research Rockstar” for technology transfer from Colorado Cleantech Industry Association


Boulder, CO

Why I Love Working At RMI

“I am proud a part of RMI’s outsized contributions to creating a better, more sustainable world.”

Authored Works
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What Is Needed to Meet US Climate Commitments

The United States has committed to reduce carbon pollution to at least 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. This newly ambitious nationally determined contribution (NDC) recognizes the urgency for immediate action to reduce cumulative pollution and stabilize the climate. The NDC…


Minnesota Accelerates Its Energy Transition with eLab’s Help

Minnesota is among the states leading the way in the transition to clean energy. Two of the state’s largest utilities have announced plans to achieve significant shares of carbon-free energy by 2030, and many other groups are working on similar innovative projects. Accordingly, the state’s energy community was…