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Jessie Ciulla

Senior Associate
  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Jessie is a Senior Associate with RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity Practice group. She works primarily on Public Utility Commission modernization and regulatory reform, and utility business models for decarbonization, distributed energy resources, and community-based clean energy initiatives. She joined RMI in May 2019.

Background

Prior to joining RMI, Jessie worked at Pratt & Whitney where she designed and performed structural analysis on its next generation commercial jet engines. Before that, Jessie worked with the energy efficiency team at Eversource Energy to identify commercial and industrial energy savings on retrofit projects.

At WPI, Jessie was an active member of the school’s Engineers Without Borders chapter. She worked extensively with the team’s rainwater harvesting project in Guatemala conducting home interviews, leading focus groups, and ensuring sustainable system design. She also spent three months in Namibia working with a local non-profit to develop a community-based business plan to improve the livelihood options for a small town in southern Namibia.

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Pursuing MS in Energy Regulation and Law, Vermont Law School

Location

Boulder, CO

Authored Works
Wind turbine in sunny fog
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The Untapped Potential of Public Utility Commissions

The United States is at a defining moment in its response to the climate crisis. At the national level, President Biden has recommitted to the Paris Agreement, announcing that the United States will play its part as a climate leader in the coming decade. Sub-nationally, states and cities…

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ERCOT Isn’t the Only Thing That Needs Fixing

The unprecedented power outages last month in the central United States, particularly in Texas, underscore the urgent need for grid resilience in the face of growing climate-related natural disasters. Disproportionate impacts felt by low-income and frontline communities highlight the need for sustained attention to more equitable grid services…