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James Sherwood

Principal
  • Africa / Islands / Southeast Asia Program

James Sherwood is a Principal with RMI’s Electricity Practice, where he works to facilitate the integration of renewables into the electric grid and to develop new utility business models. James joined RMI in September 2012.

Background

James joined RMI having completed his graduate work at Stanford University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Atmosphere/Energy program, focused on power systems. A 2011 M.A.P. Renewable Energy Fellow with RMI, James has concentrated his efforts on driving increased adoption of renewable energy and ensuring its integration into the grid. His broader interests include energy efficiency strategies, innovative rate design, land use planning, and sustainable mobility. While studying energy management and design in the Environmental Studies and Planning program at Sonoma State University, he served as research assistant on projects studying grid integration of renewables and land use changes in Latin America, and has worked as a GIS analyst studying the habitats of endangered species in Northern California. At RMI, he strives to transform the way that the world thinks about and uses energy toward an environmentally sustainable future.

Education

MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering—Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University

B.Sc., Environmental Studies & Planning—Energy Management & Design Program, Minor in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, Sonoma State University

Location

Boulder, CO

Authored Works
Blog

Improving Reliability for Underserved Communities

Innovation in utility business models is more important than ever as underserved rural customers increasingly demand clean, affordable, and reliable electricity service. In one Nigerian community, a new model for optimizing rural supply can provide valuable insights for communities around the globe. In particular, power sector similarities in growing global…

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Community Resilience through Nigeria’s First Undergrid Minigrid

The unbroken hum of the refrigerator keeping medicine cold in the health clinic of Mokoloki community, in Nigeria’s Ogun State, is an unassuming example of collaboration at its finest. A new undergrid minigrid pilot in Mokoloki, which provides stable electricity through a new, sustainable economic and regulatory model, shows…

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Moving to Better Rate Design

Electricity stakeholders have long debated what makes for good rate design, but many of the new options offered are seriously flawed and, as a result, severely underperform against policy goals for system cost reduction, customer engagement, and environmental improvement. RMI has released a new report to help address these challenges.