Daniel Wetzel is a former Manager with Rocky Mountain Institute’s China program, based in Beijing. Dan leads the China program’s Power Market Reform initiative, providing regulators with economic analysis and strategic advice to design and implement economically efficient, renewable-focused electricity markets that enable China’s economic and environmental goals.
As part of this initiative, Dan leads collaborations with regulators, researchers, and industry, including a collaboration with State Grid’s China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) to create dispatch and market models to evaluate the economic impacts to various stakeholders under different market designs. Dan also supports the Business Renewables Center (BRC) in China, providing policy and economic analysis to develop first-of-kind corporate renewable procurement transaction mechanisms in China. He was a primary researcher for the electricity sector analysis for Reinventing Fire: China, a whole-systems, low-emission energy roadmap for China coauthored with Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s Energy Research Institute.
Prior to joining RMI, Dan was a formulation scientist with Reckitt Benckiser working on green product development for developing markets. Dan also worked for RTI Surgical (previously RTI Biologics) in its Innovation team developing new human allograft technology.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
Masters of Energy Science, Technology and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
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