Joe Daniel

Joe Daniel

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Joe is a manager in RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity Practice, leading research and conducting cutting-edge analysis that will facilitate a rapid transition to a carbon-free electricity system. Joe’s work focuses on exposing market and policy barriers to the energy transition and finding innovative solutions that will reduce emissions.


Joe began his career in 2005 modeling energy use and fugitive emissions at a petrochemical facility outside of Mobile, Alabama. He went on to work as an engineering consultant at more than 30 oil refineries, natural gas facilities, and power plants. Since 2011, his work has focused on the electric utility industry where he has worked on over 100 utility proceedings across the country and has authored technical comments in response to state, regional, and federal energy policy proposals.

Prior to joining RMI, he was the electricity markets manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists, an analyst for the Beyond Coal Campaign at the Sierra Club, and an associate at Synapse Energy Economics. Joe is an active member of the US Association of Energy Economists and served as a technical advisor to the NARUC-NASEO Joint Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning.

Joe lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and retired greyhound, Nyla.


MPA, Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University
BS, Chemical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology