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Clay Stranger

Senior Principal
  • India

Clay Stranger is a Senior Principal and Senior 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.

BACKGROUND

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.

EDUCATION & AWARDS

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

MBA, Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Presidio Graduate School)

LOCATION

Basalt, CO

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

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…

Outlet Blog Post

Can Efficiency Save Chinese Cities from Airmageddon?

China is facing pollution challenges today similar to what Los Angeles faced during the 1980s. In northern China, children are forced to stay indoors and home from school during peak smog events. What can be done about “airmageddon”

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Reinventing Fire: China Launch Recap

This document recaps the launch of the Reinventing Fire: China project. Identifying the enthusiasm and interest among China’s energy leaders. Leaders include the Deputy Director of ERI, a representative from the World Bank, and others. Two major themes that emerged are: China must have an inspirational and aspirational vision to…