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Eric Wanless

Principal
  • SEED (Africa)

Eric cofounded and leads Rocky Mountain Institute’s Africa Energy Program focused on ensuring investment in the energy sector delivers on the promise of economic development. He has collaborated with governments, utilities, and the private sector across Africa as well as in the United States and China to develop actionable programs to improve the reliability, economics, and environmental impact of energy systems and to accelerate deployment of off-grid solutions and distributed energy resources.

BACKGROUND

Before joining RMI, Eric worked with the Research and Policy group at Engie (formerly Ecova) where he led efforts to identify, quantify, and pursue significant cost-effective energy savings in computers and other IT equipment. These efforts leveraged deep engineering teardowns, analysis, and energy policy expertise to create more aggressive voluntary and mandatory energy efficiency standards on state, federal, and international levels.

Eric has also worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council implementing collaborative energy efficiency policy in California and as a senior field instructor teaching leadership and communication in the world’s most remote environments with the National Outdoor Leadership School.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Science in Energy Engineering, Stanford University Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
MAP Sustainable Energy Fellow, 2005, 2006 LEED Accredited Professional

LOCATION

Basalt, CO

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Growing the Minigrid Market in Sub-Saharan Africa

Download the report Energy Within Reach: Growing the Minigrid Market in sub-Saharan Africa here. Businesses lining the rusty red dirt road of the commercial thoroughfare of Segbwema in Sierra Leone (pronounced shuh-BOY-ma) sell cold Coca-Cola and local ginger ale, their dry goods in the front of…