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Dan Cross-Call

Principal
  • Electricity

Dan Cross-Call is a Principal with RMI’s Electricity Practice. He works on electric utility strategy and regulatory policy, as well as issues of renewable energy adoption and community energy strategy. In addition, Dan supports RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab), a unique multi-year collaboration of leading industry actors to develop, implement, and spread new solutions to enable greater adoption of economic distributed energy resources. Dan joined RMI in 2013.

Background

Prior to RMI, Dan worked as a consultant in the Energy practice of Charles River Associates in Boston. At CRA, he worked on a variety of electricity-related projects including energy and capacity market models for power plant valuations in U.S. Northeast markets, analysis of proposed legislation and regulatory rule changes, transmission development studies, and strategic planning for RTO wind integration. He has conducted studies of all of the major North American deregulated electricity markets, and performed modeling and research of European and Middle East electricity systems. Dan also supported corporate sustainability at CRA, directing the “Green Office Initiative” across more than a dozen offices worldwide.

At MIT, Dan was a researcher for the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) Green Islands program, collaborating with university researchers and utility personnel in the US and Europe. His research focused on matching energy storage system design for renewable generation development and island electricity needs. He also organized a “Utility of the Future” panel at the annual MIT Energy Conference, convening utility and market experts to discuss models for electricity sector innovation. Previously, Dan managed renewable energy credit (REC) marketing programs with municipal utilities, and has conducted climate science field research in the Alaskan Arctic.

Education

Master of Science, Technology & Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College, 2005

Location

Boulder, CO

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Aligning Utility Performance with the Public Interest

In 2018, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission rejected six out of seven performance incentive mechanisms (PIMs) included in a settlement agreement proposed by the state’s primary utility and a diverse coalition of stakeholder interests, from environmental groups to the state energy office. The joint proposal included new incentives…

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Navigating Utility Business Model Reform

Advancing efficient and equitable approaches to update the utility business model—motivated by emerging technological, policy, and market conditions in the electric power sector—is crucial to the grid’s transition to a more secure, clean, affordable, customer-centric system. Powerful trends are impacting the contours of the electric system, including growing policy…

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Reimagining the Utility

Electric utilities must modernize to serve new economic and policy objectives, including managing an increasingly distributed and decarbonized power system. A fundamental question for this future system is: What is the appropriate scope for utility functions (and associated earnings opportunities) versus those that should be provided by a competitive marketplace?…