Kendall Ernst

Senior Associate
  • SEED (Africa)

Kendall is a Senior Associate at RMI in the Boulder office. Kendall is growing his content expertise in utility business models and power systems in emerging markets. He has past experience in DER business models for low-income markets and facilitation of complex conversations with multiple stakeholders. He is committed to the DiveEn initiative, an effort to instill an inclusive culture and encourage policy changes embracing diversity. Kendall joined RMI in September 2014.

Together with the SEED and Islands teams, Kendall is helping to assess the feasibility of transitioning generation resource mixes to renewable energy through financial analysis of utility and mini-grid business models and technical modeling of power system. The teams’ efforts will advise African and Caribbean governments and regulators on national energy strategies. Additionally, through facilitation, he is aiding efforts to enable pathways to strategic energy planning through convening, agenda and process design, and shaping of shared understanding of opportunities.


Kendall finished his Masters in Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he focused on using sustainable decision-making methods such as Life Cycle Analysis to inform policy making. Kendall is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Prior to graduate school, Kendall worked in Dallas, TX for ICF International, gaining hands-on experience in energy efficiency program design and implementation. He also has held several positions at environmental NGOs, including work on policy in Berlin, Germany. He is actively seeking opportunities to improve both his spoken and written German.


Boulder, CO




MS in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
BA in Political Science, Stanford University, 2010

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Minigrids in the Money

In sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of millions of people (about 65 percent of the population) live in communities that lack access to electricity. As a key enabler of economic development, the lack of energy access stymies broader efforts to grow local wealth and improve quality of life. Understandably, to address this…

Outlet Blog Post

Giving Low-Income Families Access to Clean Energy and Efficiency

In June, RMI—along with its partner organizations—launched eLab Leap in New York to identify the unmet needs and create solutions that empower and improve the lives of low-income communities and households in a clean energy future. Forty diverse groups joined eLab Leap’s first meeting including low-income and consumer advocates, environmental…