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Leia Guccione

Managing Director
  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Leia Guccione is the Managing Director for RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity, where she leads RMI’s research and collaboration efforts to support the rapid transition to a low-carbon electricity system to support a secure, prosperous, and equitable US economy.

Since 2012, Leia has directed RMI’s research exploring the potential for distributed generation, distributed energy resources, and distributed battery technologies to disrupt utility business models and other aspects of the US electricity system—and advanced the development of targeted solutions for these innovations. Additionally, she’s led client engagements assisting leading utilities, public utility commissions, large corporations, states, and cities to develop evolved business models and policies.

At RMI, Leia has employed an expansive set of strategies to accelerate the transformation of the US electricity system. Leia currently leads a body of work to inform utility regulators of policy solutions for a clean energy future, as well as provide them with unique process design and facilitation as they develop and execute reform initiatives to implement these solutions. She has supported multiple engagements with utilities, with an emphasis on improving utility innovation programs, pilots, and demonstrations. Leia also contributed to the growth of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab), a unique ongoing collaboration of leading electricity industry actors to develop, implement, and spread new solutions. She specifically led the design and development of eLab’s annual Accelerator and Summit programs. She has also led engagements with corporations and cities to support them in their procurement and deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced energy solutions such as microgrids.


Before joining RMI, Leia served in the US Navy as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer and continues to serve in the US Navy Reserves.


MS, Sustainable Development, University of London
BS, Mechanical Engineering and Political Science, Iowa State University
Professional Engineer, P.E., licensed in the State of Colorado


Boulder, CO



Authored Works

Successfully Shaping the Clean Energy Transition

The year 2018 was transformational in the energy system, marked by several milestones that revealed the powerful forces now emerging and exerting their influence across the electricity landscape. Several states, including New York, New Jersey, and Washington, advanced proposals to achieve 100 percent clean energy in different…


Navigating Utility Business Model Reform

Advancing efficient and equitable approaches to update the utility business model—motivated by emerging technological, policy, and market conditions in the electric power sector—is crucial to the grid’s transition to a more secure, clean, affordable, customer-centric system. Powerful trends are impacting the contours of the electric system, including growing policy…


Customer-Centric Energy Transformation

Green Mountain Power (GMP) in Vermont has announced a new company vision as Vermont’s Energy Transformation Company and pursued a path of customer innovation to advance the transition to a low-carbon, affordable, reliable future energy system. In so doing, GMP aims to expand from its traditional vertically integrated, investor-owned business…


Reimagining the Utility

Electric utilities must modernize to serve new economic and policy objectives, including managing an increasingly distributed and decarbonized power system. A fundamental question for this future system is: What is the appropriate scope for utility functions (and associated earnings opportunities) versus those that should be provided by a competitive marketplace?…


Eight Areas of Electricity Innovation to Watch in 2017

It’s 2017 and we have a lot to look forward to in the electricity sector this year. While many of us take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of 2016, there are just as many of us who are thinking about the challenges ahead. For the past five years,…


The Grid is at a Fork in the Road

Today, the road towards an integrated grid is the one less traveled. But it is for this very reason that RMI is working with leaders in New York and elsewhere to collaboratively develop the solutions that will lead us down the road toward an integrated grid.