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James Sherwood

Principal
  • Africa Energy Program
  • Empowering Clean Economies

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
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Bridges to New Solar Business Models

Utilities, solar companies, and regulators can design and implement components of solar business model strategies today that provide a bridge to the future. These “bridge” business model strategies—including three complementary “building blocks” and discrete next steps—can start to create and capture value, while also providing best practices and lessons learned…

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Electricity Distribution Grid Evaluator (EDGE) Model

This paper describes the Electricity Distribution Evaluator (EDGE) model, a MATLAB-based simulation tool developed by RMI and designed to comprehensively assess the DER value proposition in different regulatory and utility business model environments based on a detailed assessment of the technical and operational implications. Though designed to study an individual…

Outlet Blog Post

NRG Doubles Down on Distributed Generation

NRG Energy's vision for the future involves consumers disconnecting from their electric utility. What could possibly possess NRG to begin taking customers off the grid, launching a veritable coup d’etat against not only electric utilities, but against its own business models?