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Coreina Chan

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Coreina is the principal for Rocky Mountain Institute’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab for short). e-Lab brings together organizations with diverse and often-conflicting views, to speed society’s transition to clean energy. Coreina and her team design collaborative processes, workshops, and meetings to support people in the electricity sector who don’t always agree with each other, but who nevertheless need to work together to meet the unprecedented challenges in our energy future. Her team supports utilities, regulators, environmental and equity advocates, businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs, and communities to partner in new ways. Coreina has developed eLab’s approach to address the power dynamics and inequities, conflicting motivations, and information asymmetry between stakeholders in today’s electricity system. She has been the lead facilitator for the past 4 years of eLab’s Accelerator, Forge and Summit events, supporting over 60 teams in developing new policy, planning, regulatory and business model solutions that connect states, cities, communities, and businesses with clean energy benefits.


Prior to joining RMI in 2007, Coreina worked as a securities trader for six years. Before that, she worked for three years as studio member #5 at architecture firm Leroy Street Studio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University, and initially joined RMI to support sustainable building design, daylighting and water conservation in the Institute’s built environment team.


Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Yale University


Boulder, CO/New York City

Authored Works

Fort Collins Steps Up, Approves Accelerated Climate Target

Sometimes leadership arises from impatience. In Fort Collins, Colorado—a city known for its pragmatic, can-do attitude—getting on with the business of reducing greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t have to wait for international treaties, federal mandates, or carbon taxes. This week, the Fort Collins City Council voluntarily adopted revised climate action goals…


Stepping Up: Benefits and Cost of Accelerating Fort Collins’ Energy and Climate Goals

This report examines the opportunity for accelerating Fort Collins’ energy and climate goals to reflect the community’s values while capturing economic, social, and environmental benefits. In the five years since Fort Collins initially established its current greenhouse gas emissions goals, rapid changes in the cost and availability of clean, energy…


BEM Summit Pre-read

This document was written as preparatory material for all Building Energy Modeling (BEM) Innovation Summit attendees prior to the actual event. The purpose of this document was to provide all attendees with an understanding of the history and current state of the energy modeling industry within the United States. Specifically, this…