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Christian Fong

Associate
  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Christian Fong is an Associate in the Carbon-Free Electricity program at RMI, where he works on the Utility Transition Finance team. Christian helps translate RMI’s financial and securitization models to external partners and stakeholders. He also coordinates legislative efforts to push for smart financial tools that make the clean energy transition more cost-effective and equitable.

Background

Before joining RMI, Christian was a legislative researcher for the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Ways and Means, where he conducted fiscal and policy analyses and provided recommendations on proposed legislation. He also worked as a field organizer in Indiana, mobilizing communities in one of 2020’s most competitive US House races.

As an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, Christian was part of a research group at Macaulay Lab, where he helped collect data on state regulations and laws regarding habitat conservation and species preservation on private lands. At Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE), he researched zoning regulations and policies that incentivize electric vehicle adoption. He also coordinated partnerships with municipal governments in disadvantaged communities to install electric vehicle charging stations and LED streetlights. Christian’s undergraduate thesis explored the intersection of subnational carbon pricing policies and local environmental justice concerns, focusing on case studies in California and British Columbia.

In his free time, Christian enjoys debating friends and strangers about politics, discovering new podcasts, and playing in friendly games of pickup basketball. He is passionate about creating a just transition that ensures equitable access to carbon-free electricity for all.

Education

B.S., Environmental Economics & Policy, University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Society & Environment, University of California, Berkeley

Location

Boulder, CO

Authored Works
Blog

Utilities, Analysts, and Customers Agree: Transitioning from Coal Saves Money

Coal economics have eroded dramatically in recent years, so much so that the continued use of existing coal-fired power often imposes a cost burden on electricity customers that exceeds the cost of newer and cleaner sources of power. Resource planning analyses performed by utilities across the country—including PacifiCorp in…

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Blog

Financing Tools for an Equitable Transition to a Clean Economy

Meeting the United States’ NDC target of reducing emissions 50–52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 will require rapid action from companies, governments, and other entities across the country. These actors must accelerate the retirement and clean replacement of long-lived assets and infrastructure that support carbon-intensive economic activity (or,…