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James Sherwood

James Sherwood

  • Global South

James is a Principal with RMI’s Global South program, where he helps lead RMI’s Africa Energy Program and supports RMI’s U.S. electricity program. He is an experienced project leader and power systems expert, working across North America and sub-Saharan Africa particularly on the technical integration and economic evaluation of distributed energy resources, including solar PV and batteries, as well as hybrid minigrid systems. He has worked with over a dozen utilities to design innovative business models and strategies for these technologies and has separately advised regulators and government agencies on policy design to drive appropriate support and cost-effective subsidy design.


In Nigeria, James has worked extensively with the Rural Electrification Agency, distribution utilities, and development partners to develop strategies for increasing electricity and access, particularly focusing on implementation of interconnected minigrids and DERs, along with productive use stimulation. James previously led RMI’s U.S. electricity practice work on innovative rate design and modeling the grid integration of distributed energy resources. This work included a range from developing a strategy for the U.S. Navy to increase resilience on installations through cost-saving distributed resource options, to evaluating the operational benefits and costs of batteries and solar photovoltaics deployed on utility distribution grids. James has advised the New York Public Service Commission on their Reforming the Energy Vision initiative and supports RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab, a collaborative network of stakeholders working to address cutting edge electricity system issues.


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


Boulder, CO