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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.

EDUCATION & AWARDS
  • M.Sc., Energy Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
  • BA, Mathematics, Colorado College
  • Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
LOCATION

Basalt, CO

TWITTER HANDLE

@LaurieGStone

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
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The Importance of Distribution-Scale Solar for Grid Resilience

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma blew through the southern United States, they left millions without power. During such natural disasters, access to electricity is more critical than ever, allowing hospitals to run medical equipment, letting people charge phones and computers to communicate with the outside world, and powering lifesaving…

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An Award-Winning Efficiency Program in Fort Collins, Colorado

Like other forward-thinking cities, Fort Collins—a city of 167,500 located in northern Colorado—had a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. However, following a Rocky Mountain Institute e–Lab design charrette, the city decided to see if it could push that goal up 20 years. RMI’s Stepping…

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35 Years of Bold Steps in the Clean Energy Race: Part 3

As RMI celebrates our 35th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, we are in a very exciting, but also very critical, time in our race to a clean energy future. We recently held a web discussion, 35 Bold Ideas to Win the Clean Energy Race, with RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst and…

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35 Years of Bold Steps in the Clean Energy Race: Part 2

As RMI celebrates our 35th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, we are in a very exciting, but also very critical, time in our race to a clean energy future. We recently held a web discussion, 35 Bold Ideas to Win the Clean Energy Race, with RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst and…

Outlet Blog Post

35 Years of Bold Steps in the Clean Energy Race: Part 1

As RMI celebrates our 35th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, we are in a very exciting, but also very critical, time in our race to a clean energy future. We recently held a web discussion, 35 Bold Ideas to Win the Clean Energy Race, with RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst and Cofounder…

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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 continue to…

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Top 13 Clean Energy Developments of 2016

While certain events in the past year may have had some people scratching their heads, we can look back on 2016 with a lot of gratitude. We’re not just talking that we got to run around with smartphones and catch Pokémons, or that we can now download Netflix movies. There…

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A Rural Electric Cooperative Sets a 100% Renewables Target

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) has long been a proponent of supplying its 29,000 customers in northern New Mexico with renewable energy. The rural electric cooperative now says it wants to serve all its customers during the summer peak with 100 percent solar power by 2023. While this is in…

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Changing Lives with Solar Microgrids

Haiti is the poorest the country in the western hemisphere. Only 25 percent of the 10.3 million people in the country have access to electricity. One nonprofit organization is testing a solution that could not only change the lives of the unelectrified in Haiti, but could be a model of…