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Kaitlyn Bunker

Manager
  • Islands

Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D., P.E. leads energy modeling and technical analysis to complete integrated resource plans in partnership with Caribbean island utilities, governments, and regulators. These plans take a whole-systems view of various options for the future of the electricity sector on each island, and lead to specific investment plans for clean energy solutions. She has worked closely with stakeholders in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Bermuda. Kaitlyn also leads modeling efforts related to small island microgrid opportunities.

BACKGROUND

Kaitlyn joined RMI after completing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. Her dissertation research focused on microgrids, and optimizing control strategies for distributed renewable resources. Kaitlyn is a past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

EDUCATION & AWARDS

Ph.D., M.S., and B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Society of Women Engineers Distinguished New Engineer, 2018

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

The Power of Microgrids in the Global Energy Transition

Electricity grids are the largest machines in human history, comprised of diverse equipment used to generate and transmit the power that enables our modern lifestyle. Behind the equipment and vast network of connections are the system operators, the people who ensure that our electricity needs are met at every second.

Outlet Blog Post

Renewables at the South Pole

Mawson Station is the oldest surviving, continuously operated research station south of the Antarctic Circle. It’s also the most remote of the three main Antarctic stations operated by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). Two unique features make this station an ideal place to incorporate renewables for electricity generation.

Outlet Blog Post

Report Release: Renewable Microgrids

For island communities, the costs and risks associated with oil dependence paired with cost reductions in solar, wind, and energy storage technologies suggest that an alternative to the fully oil-based electricity systems of the past is now a viable option for communities across the globe: affordable renewable energy.