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Josh Agenbroad

Josh Agenbroad

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Josh is a Principal with RMI’s Sustainable Energy for Economic Development program, helping to coordinate the team’s effort working with governments and the private sector in countries across Africa. Prior to this, he spent three years as part of the China program, starting from the initial work in that country on Reinventing Fire: China. Building from an engineering background, he has worked across a variety of sectors and industries, including automotive, freight, heavy industry, and electric and natural gas utilities, providing strategy and implementation at the company, city, state, and national level.


Prior to working at RMI, Josh completed his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. His concentration was on energy conversion and the related environmental issues, with coursework focusing on thermodynamics, combustion, renewable energy, systems modeling, aerosols, and climatology. Also part of this degree, Josh worked as a graduate research assistant at CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Lab on the advanced clean cookstoves project. The cookstoves team works to design biomass (mainly wood) burning cookstoves with improved efficiency and lowered emissions for use in the developing world. His thesis is concerned with a practical technique for modeling these stoves, for use as a design tool.

Josh received his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Also in Albuquerque, he worked for Flintco Inc., a large commercial construction general contractor as a project engineer and in the estimating department.


Master of Science Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2010
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2008


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Why Deploying Climate Tech at Scale Is So Hard

The science is clear. To combat climate change, we need to deploy trillions of dollars a year into new, gigaton-scale climate solutions. Some of these solutions involve existing, mature technologies, while others will involve technologies that are nascent or have yet to be deployed commercially.


Why We Need Faster Climate Tech Innovation

RMI has argued for some time that the energy transition is possible today and requires no new technologies. In 2014, Reinventing Fire mapped a path to greater than 80 percent reductions in carbon emissions, at a cost $5 trillion cheaper than business as usual, while requiring “no new inventions.”…


Pulling Back the Veil on EV Charging Station Costs

Guest author Ben Holland is an RMI alum. Electric vehicles seem to have finally gained a solid foothold. With continued adoption, there will be an increasing need for access to charging locations. We recognize that many drivers today do most of their charging at home, but many others still require…


Green Jobs: Boom, or Bust?

Everyone’s talking about jobs these days, from President Obama to the Republicans competing to take his. Green jobs in particular have dominated recent news coverage with many of the headlines featuring a common theme: A bust.


How Can Advanced Autos Improve Their Value Proposition?

It’s hard not to feel a bit underwhelmed by the hybrid vehicles being offered up by automakers today after reading a recent New York Times assessment of the time it takes for buyers of alternative technology cars to recoup the higher sticker price in fuel savings. But what about cars that offer an attractive payback?