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Kevin Brehm

Sr. Associate

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Kevin is a Senior Associate of RMI’s electricity practice.

BACKGROUND

Kevin is the Co-Op and Municipal Utility lead for the Shine Initiative at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). In his time at RMI, Kevin has focused on opening up underserved niches of the renewable electricity market.

Before joining the Shine team, Kevin was an associate with RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). Kevin helped build the BRC from its inception to its current role as a market driver with more than 100 members. Currently Kevin enables rural electric cooperatives to reduce the price of solar by 30-40% by helping them execute effective procurement.

In a previous life, Kevin taught skiing in Utah and middle-school science in Denver. Kevin holds degrees from Penn State and University of Colorado and lives with his family in Carbondale, Colorado.

EDUCATION

Masters in Business Administration, University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, 2014
BA in Geography and BS in Science, Penn State University, Schreyer Honors College, 2006

LOCATION

Boulder, CO

Authored Blog Posts

Distributed Solar Provides Real Savings to Customers

On March 22, 2017, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Shine Program released a request for proposals (RFP) for community-scale solar on behalf of a group of rural electric cooperatives in eastern and northern Colorado. The RFP was part of RMI’s ongoing work to develop the community-scale market nationwide. Nearly…

New Ruling Opens Up 400 GW Renewables Market

Delta-Montrose Electric Authority (DMEA) is not only responsible for keeping the lights on and the books in the black. As a member-owned rural electric cooperative in southwest Colorado, DMEA is also responsible for living up to the seven cooperative principles, including principle 7: concern for community.

Why Rural Electric Cooperatives Are Opting for Community-Scale Solar

Rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) are a large and important part of the U.S. electricity landscape. Across the U.S., 840 distribution cooperatives and 65 generation and transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) serve an estimated 42 million people. Altogether co-ops provide 12 percent of the nation’s electricity and serve nearly 80 percent of U.S.