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Kevin Brehm

Kevin Brehm

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Kevin is a manager with the Carbon-Free Electricity Practice where he works across CFE’s consulting, research, and convening functions. He specializes in strategies and policies to enable a just and attractive clean energy transition for rural America. Kevin advises and consults with utilities, communities, and advocates across the United States, with a focus on the Midwest, Mountain West, and Texas.


Kevin joined RMI in 2014 where he helped establish RMI’s Business Renewables Center (now REBA). As a member of the BRC team, Kevin created educational products and programming and helped grow BRC’s network of members.

After BRC, Kevin was a founding member of the Shine-solar program. On the Shine team, Kevin helped establish an innovative solar procurement approach and advised small- and mid-size utilities on distribution-scale solar scoping and procurement.

Prior to RMI, Kevin was a classroom and outdoor educator. As a Teach for America corps-member, Kevin taught middle-school science in Denver. As an outdoor educator, Kevin taught adaptive skiing in Utah, and led backpacking and international service trips in California, Ecuador, and France.

Kevin lives with his partner, children, and dogs in Carbondale, CO.


BA/BS, Penn State University, Schreyer Honors College
MBA, University of Colorado, Boulder


Basalt, CO

Authored Works

Wind and Solar: The New Cash Crops

We’re living in an era of big numbers and rapid shifts. In a matter of weeks, the pandemic transformed the lives of billions all over the world. In Congress, billion-dollar spending packages have given way to trillion-dollar stimulus measures. This is a time of big numbers in the energy domain…

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Lessons for Grid Resilience from the Upper Roaring Fork Valley

This report examines the outcomes of a multi-month Rocky Mountain Institute-supported process to “create” resilience involving utility Holy Cross Energy and various other organizations in Colorado’s Upper Roaring Fork Valley. It highlights key lessons that will be invaluable to energy resilience planning and implementation efforts around the world.


Lowering Costs and Carbon for Minnesota Co-ops

Today, Great River Energy (GRE), a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative utility serving 700,000 families and businesses in Minnesota, announced the planned retirement of its Coal Creek Station power plant in 2022. This retirement is part of a sweeping plan to reduce the utility’s CO2 emissions by 95 percent…


Envisioning the Rural Electric System of the Future

In September 2018, experts from across the electricity industry gathered at RMI’s e–Lab Summit to discuss the most important emerging trends and opportunities. This blog outlines takeaways from the Transforming Rural Electric Supply group. The rural electric system—like the rest of the US electric system—was designed to capture economies…


Progress and Potential for Community-Scale Solar

A growing number of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are capturing the economic, grid, and environmental benefits from community-scale solar (CSS) installations as institutional barriers to development are addressed for this emerging technology solution, according to a new report by Rocky Mountain Institute.


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…


Community-Scale Solar Costs: 3 Reasons to Take Heart

Solar PV installations had a banner year in 2016, and market participants, analysts, and investors took stock of the results, including installed costs and forward-looking price projections. While many studies show the cost of solar continuing to decline, our analysis and field experience suggest that evaluators…


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…