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Jon Rea

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Jon is an Associate with RMI’s electricity practice, where he analyzes data and develops financial models to help accelerate the transition from fossil fuel power plants towards low-carbon electricity generation. He joined RMI in September 2019.


Prior to joining RMI, Jon completed a Ph.D. at the Colorado School of Mines, where he studied thermal energy storage for concentrating solar power. This included techno-economic analysis, materials development, and prototype demonstrations.

Before graduate school, Jon explored several aspects of clean energy at MIT. This included an undergraduate thesis on anaerobic digestion, laboratory research on concentrating solar thermoelectric generators and superconducting wires, a waste management project on the Kuna Yala islands in Panama, and distribution of solar lanterns for clean lighting in Uganda.


Ph.D. Materials Science, Colorado School of Mines 2019

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MIT 2014 (minors in Energy Studies and Economics)


Boulder, CO

Authored Works
Freight train cars full of coal

Is Coal Failing Fast or Slow?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic idled coal plants across the country, evidence has been building for at least a decade that coal-fired electricity is on its way out in the United States. But how quickly? The answer is critical to our ability to stay within a 1.5°C warming…