Historically, Caribbean electricity systems have heavily relied on imported, dirty fossil fuels burned at a central plant. In recent years, Caribbean leaders have spearheaded a transition to distributed local resources that are connected to the electricity grid at various locations. In the process, Caribbean islands are leaders in the global…
David Gumbs is a Principal for the Islands Program where he works closely with governments and utilities to achieve their renewable energy targets. David specializes in reducing energy costs and building resiliency through distributed renewable energy microgrids.
Before joining Rocky Mountain Institute, David founded Daavi Business Solutions (DBS) where, as CEO, he provided business advisory and renewable energy solutions to clients in the US, Africa, and the Caribbean. David is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Anguilla Electricity Company, Ltd. (ANGLEC) and has over 20 years of senior managerial experience. He received several awards for his leadership and contributions to the energy space including both an individual and team awards for the 2018 and 2019 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum’s (CREF) – Island Resiliency Action Challenge and the iChange Nations Regional Statesman Award for his outstanding leadership to rebuild Anguilla’s electricity grid to 100% in 100 days post Hurricane Irma.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Anguilla Electricity Company, Ltd (ANGLEC), he successfully implemented renewable energy technologies – achieving one of the region’s highest penetration levels (2016). David developed and implemented ANGLEC’s aggressive public relations and marketing strategy, incorporated several industry leading solutions such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), grid automation, work order automation, vehicle fleet management and an aggressive undergrounding initiative into ANGLEC’s operations.
David is a graduate of the University of Hartford with a Master of Science in Accounting, and a graduate of Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Africana Studies and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).