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Laurie Stone

Senior Writer/Editor
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Laurie is a Senior Writer/Editor for Rocky Mountain Institute.


Laurie has over 20 years of experience in renewable energy technologies. Prior to joining RMI, Laurie was the International Program Manager for Solar Energy International (SEI), where she organized renewable energy trainings around the world. She also wrote articles for environmental magazines and was green building editor for Home Power magazine.

Laurie has extensive experience working on and documenting rural electrification renewable energy projects throughout Latin America. She spent a year installing solar rural electrification systems in repatriated refugee communities in El Salvador with an organization she cofounded called Solar Community Projects, and spent a year working on solar water distillation at the Engineering University in Managua, Nicaragua. Laurie has also led renewable energy and energy efficiency tours of Cuba with Eco-Cuba Network since 1996. Laurie currently serves as an advisory board member to Remote Energy, a nonprofit organization serving as a technical/teaching arm for organizations that are working on international clean energy programs.


M.Sc., Energy Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

BA, Mathematics, Colorado College

Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow


Basalt, CO



Why I Love Working At RMI

“The best thing about working at RMI is knowing that I am part of transforming the energy system and creating a better future for not only my son but all the children on the planet.”

Authored Works

The Urgent Need to Clean Up Transportation

The bold EV targets set by President Biden today that 50 percent of all new vehicles in 2030 be electric underscore the growing consensus that we must rapidly electrify transportation. Three major automakers—GM, Ford, and Stellantis—also issued a joint statement committing to 40 to 50 percent electric vehicle sales by…


Getting More Solar on Rooftops Across the Country

To meet the US goal of decarbonizing the power sector by 2035, we need to rapidly green the grid. A large part of that means installing more solar PV systems on rooftops across the country. Unfortunately, we are still in the dark ages when it comes to the permitting process…


Ridehailing Drivers Will Go Electric—If We Build the Charging Stations

Michelle Pierce, a retired electrical engineer living in Southern California, is a passionate EV advocate. She started driving an electric vehicle for Lyft because she wanted to expose more people to electric vehicles and demonstrate the benefits of EVs. In 2017, Pierce rented a Chevy Bolt through the former Maven…

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Putting Equity Front and Center of Climate Change Solutions

As organizations around the world work toward keeping temperature rise to 1.5°C, we are faced with the challenge of ensuring that clean energy strategies benefit all. That is why it is crucial that any work to combat climate change and move the energy transition forward keep equity front and center.

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Where We Are in the Energy Transition

Scientists agree, we must limit global warming to 1.5°C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. To do that, we need to reduce global emissions 50 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. To leave room for developing nations, the United States…


Powering Decarbonization in Illinois: A Cautionary Coal Tale

Coal plants are closing across the United States at an accelerating rate. In fact, from 2011 to mid-2020, utilities shut down 95 gigawatts (GW) of coal capacity, with another 25 GW scheduled to be shut down by 2025. At the end of 2019, the outlook was for 20 more…

net zero commercial buildings in Denver

Combating Climate Change through High-Performance Districts

If we are going to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C, we need to fix our buildings. They are the largest end-users of energy, generating nearly 40 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. However, addressing energy efficiency and renewable energy one building at a time will not be enough.


The Top 11 Clean Energy Developments of 2020

2020 will be a year to remember. Fortunately, we don’t only have to remember it for a global pandemic, wildfires, an economic recession, racial justice protests, and locust swarms. Plenty of exciting and positive things happened in the energy space throughout the year. Here we list our top eleven…