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Lainie Rowland

Lainie Rowland

  • US Program

Lainie is an Associate with the US program at RMI, working to strengthen US climate leadership through actionable analysis of climate and energy policies and support of ambitious subnational actors. Lainie’s current focuses are developing and launching state-level policy simulator tools in partnership with Energy Innovation and supporting the America Is All In coalition.


Lainie joined RMI after several years in economic consulting, where she provided analysis and served as a trusted advisor to clients on a diverse set of public policy issues. During her time in this role, Lainie helped develop public-facing reports, comment letters, analytical notes, and congressional testimony that contributed to impactful policy dialogues on issues ranging from emerging technology standards to the economic outcomes of infrastructure investment. Her work also included leading analysis to advise a heavy industry on key outcomes under a carbon pricing program, including by identifying pathways and tactics critical to charting an ambitious and achievable path to industry decarbonization.

Prior to this role, Lainie also conducted research on the history of US electrification and the lessons it offers for high-speed broadband connectivity, worked on telecom policy topics alongside FCC economists, and developed and proposed tax policy recommendations as a Mayoral Fellow in Providence, Rhode Island.


A.B. Public Policy, Brown University


New York, NY

Authored Works
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Booming State Budgets Present a Huge Climate Action Opportunity

State and local leaders have long formed the vanguard of US climate action. They continue to set the pace for climate ambition and are the on-the-ground doers when it comes to acting on that ambition. Cities and states have led the way on clean energy deployment, vehicle emissions standards, controls…

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If You Build It, the Cars (and the Pollution) Will Come

Colorado plans to expand highways by almost 200 new lane-miles over the next decade. RMI analysis suggests this could increase driving and pollution at the scale of adding 70,000 more cars to Colorado roads every year, running counter to Colorado’s robust climate and transportation policy goals.   Road Expansion Fails…