Donate Menu

Eric Wanless

  • SEED (Africa)

Eric is a Principal with RMI’s international practice, where he leads the Sustainable Energy for Economic Development work and serves as a key adviser for RMI’s China program. He is an expert in energy strategy development and implementation and product and market design innovation for electric utilities, governments, heavy industry, and corporations. He has been involved with RMI in various capacities since starting as a fellow in 2005.


Before joining RMI, Eric worked with the Research and Policy group at 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 and analysis, energy policy expertise, and ultimately led to the development of more aggressive voluntary and mandatory 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 with the National Outdoor Leadership School.


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


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…