Lauren Shwisberg

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Lauren is a Principal in RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity Practice, leading research and collaboration projects to support the rapid transition to a low-carbon electricity system. Specifically, Lauren’s work examines the roles that renewable energy and distributed energy resources can play in grid planning and investment.

Lauren has led research on solutions for serving low-income customers with clean energy and has supported utilities and regulators to engage disadvantaged communities in their decision-making processes. She has also coordinated engagements with cities, federal government agencies in the United States and Australia, large commercial & industrial customers, and utilities to support them in their procurement and deployment of renewable energy and advanced energy solutions such as microgrids and electric vehicles. Lauren has experience as a facilitator for RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab), an assembly of thought leaders and decision makers from across the US electricity sector focused collaborative innovation to address critical barriers to clean energy deployment.


Prior to joining RMI, Lauren received her master’s degree from Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering, focused on Atmosphere and Energy. While in graduate school, Lauren worked at RMI as a Schneider Fellow with eLab Leap and focused on the identification and acceleration of business models that serve low-income customers with distributed energy resources. Lauren was also an intern at Tesla where she worked on the Powerpack product team, building models to assess large-scale energy storage applications.

Before returning to graduate school, Lauren worked as a civilian engineer for the United States Navy. With Naval Sea Systems Command, Lauren primarily worked in program management on shipbuilding programs, and pursued her interest in renewable energy through execution of the energy efficiency portfolio for large amphibious ships, and energy and environmental policy at the Pentagon. While living in Washington D.C., Lauren was a fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute.


MS, Stanford University, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Atmosphere/Energy

BSE, Duke University, Civil & Environmental Engineering