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Clay Stranger

Managing Director
  • India Program

Clay Stranger is a Managing Director at RMI, where he leads the India Program. Through diverse engagements with the public and private sectors, he works to build confidence and commitment towards India’s clean energy targets. Clay serves as an advisor to India’s central and state governments on clean energy policy and technology. He is the lead author of over a dozen articles and reports on India’s clean energy opportunity, including the widely cited report, India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All. Clay also co-founded the Urban Mobility Lab in India, a platform that supports a replicable process for identifying, integrating, and implementing mobility solutions in leading geographies, called Lighthouse Cities.

Clay previously served as the Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist, where he oversaw diverse research and collaboration engagements both within and outside RMI. From 2013-2015 he served as the Project Manager of Reinventing Fire: China, a partnership with the Chinese government to examine the maximum feasible share of renewables and efficiency technology in the Chinese energy economy through 2050. Clay has worked on energy strategy in more than 15 countries and brings rigorous approaches to research and engagement to help solve complex challenges in the energy sector.


Prior to joining RMI, Clay worked in viticulture, marketing, and social-business incubation. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, he has led expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, Himalaya, and Rocky Mountains.


BA, Ecology and Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz

MBA, Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Presidio Graduate School)


Basalt, CO

Authored Works

Moving India’s Goods without Emissions

Rising demand for goods and services in India has supported the country’s rapid economic growth over the past decade. However, it has also driven growth in freight activity, leading to increased oil consumption and carbon emissions. Electrifying trucks and delivery vehicles in India could alleviate this, saving $97 billion in…


India Stimulus Strategy

This report discusses how COVID-19 is beginning to influence the clean energy transition in India, specifically for the transport and power sectors, and identifies principles and strategic opportunities for the country’s leaders to drive economic recovery and maintain momentum on the clean energy transition.


Capturing India’s Mobility Opportunity: RMI’s Urban Mobility Lab

Walking on the Tilak Road in Pune, one of the busiest streets in the ninth-largest metropolis of India, we were engulfed by diesel exhaust. An otherwise beautiful day was clouded by thick smoke from the tailpipe of a city bus, adding to the already polluted air. Young children crossed the…


India Leaps Ahead: Feebates—An Important Policy Lever for India’s Future Mobility System

Feebates—market-based, revenue-neutral, and size-neutral—can act as an important policy lever in support of India’s “leapfrog” vision of an electric, shared, and connected mobility system by incentivizing the production and use of clean vehicles, according to a new report.  A feebate is a mechanism by which inefficient or polluting vehicles…