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Katherine Chrisman



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Kate Chrisman is a Manager with Rocky Mountain Institute’s China practice, where she focuses on city work and power reform. She was the editor for Reinventing Fire: China; A Roadmap for China’s Revolution in Energy Consumption and Production to 2050.


Before joining RMI, Kate covered energy markets in China for one of the world’s largest energy pricing agencies. Her work ranged from initiating coverage on renewables to enhancing understanding her client’s understanding of China’s market on oil, natural gas, and electricity. Kate also worked on climate change and environmental policy with socially responsible investors, researched and edited a book on U.S.-China trade, and conducted analysis on energy performance for commercial buildings in California. Kate has published hundreds of articles with a focus on China’s energy and environment. Kate spent closet to a decade in Greater China and speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese.


Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration, the London School of Economics, 2005
Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy and Asian Studies, Colorado College, 2003


San Francisco, CA

Authored Works
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RMI Buys Renewable Energy Certificates in China’s Pilot Market

In July 2017, China opened its green energy certificate market—often called renewable energy certificates (RECs) or Guarantee of Origin (GoO) in other parts of the world—which allows businesses and individuals to buy renewable energy (in China’s domestic market). RMI was one of the first to support this new product by…

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Research Release: An Energy Roadmap for China

Late last week, China and the U.S. announced that they are formally joining the Paris agreement to combat climate change. Download our Reinventing Fire: China Executive Summary, the most sophisticated model of China’s energy use to date and a roadmap to slash carbon emissions and energy use by 2050, all at a net economic benefit.