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Garrett Fitzgerald


Dr. Fitzgerald is a former Manager in the Mobility Transformation program.  His work was primarily focused on Fleet Electrification and Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure for shared, electric, and eventually autonomous mobility.  Prior to his work in the Mobility practice he spent 4 years working in RMIs Electricity practice collaborating with industry partners to evaluate and improve the value proposition of distributed energy resources.


Garrett studied Mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University with a focus on sustainable energy engineering where he participated in the 2007 and 2009 DOE sponsored solar decathlon, designing and building a stand alone solar powered home. Garrett completed a M.S. in Earth Resource Engineering at Columbia University in the department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. Immediately following he began his doctoral work in the same department studying a novel method of producing natural gas while sequestering carbon dioxide in the arctic permafrost regions. During his doctoral work he collaborated with a fellow PhD student to develop Solar Journey USA, an education and outreach project focused on demonstrating the potential of PV and EV integration into the new energy infrastructure.


Ph.D, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, New York
M.Sc., Earth Resource Engineering, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, New York
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara University, California


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Authored Works

Mapping the Path to DISCOM Transformation Success in India

In June 2020, RMI India co-hosted its first virtual convening on the Discom Transformation Platform along with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and NITI Aayog. The event brought together 16 leading civil society organizations (CSOs) to identify new ways of collaborating and supporting distribution companies (DISCOMs), following the recent…


RMI and Uber Team Up to Expand Shared and Electric Mobility

In September 2015, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) partnered with the City of Austin, Texas, to transform transportation by commercializing and stimulating the adoption of new mobility solutions. We are working together to pilot innovative commuting solutions, drive the deployment of shared electric vehicle fleets, and stay on the leading edge…


From Gas to Grid

The world doesn’t need any more cost-benefit analyses; they’ve already been done, and they show that vehicle electrification is overwhelmingly beneficial for society as a whole—even for nondrivers. Nor should we doubt that people will buy electric vehicles (EVs). Sales are accelerating so rapidly that Bloomberg New Energy Finance warns…


5 Hot Topics at Energy Storage North America

Last week nearly 2,000 policymakers, technology developers, and utility representatives from over 1,000 organizations and 42 countries gathered at the Energy Storage North America conference (ESNA 2015) in San Diego, California. Here we highlight the top five topics that defined ESNA 2015.


Aggregated Energy Storage Has Arrived

Earlier this month, energy storage developer Stem and utility PG&E aggregated a fleet of behind-the-meter energy storage systems and successfully bid into the CAISO real-time energy market. A look inside this major battery milestone.