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lena hansen

Lena Hansen

Managing Director
  • Strategic Analysis and Engagement

Lena Hansen is a Managing Director with Rocky Mountain Institute’s Strategic Analysis & Engagement Group. Previously she was the Managing Director of our China Program, based in Beijing, where she led a team of 20 to advise and support China’s energy transition in the areas of power market reform, city carbon peaking, near-zero carbon development, and freight electrification. She has 15 years of experience developing, testing, and implementing innovative efficiency and clean energy solutions.


Lena has also led RMI’s US electricity program, where she focused on electric utility business models and the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources into the grid. She co-founded RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e–Lab), a unique multi-year collaboration of leading power sector decision-makers to create transformational solutions, and led RMI’s collaboration with the New York Public Service Commission on its industry-leading reform initiative “Reforming the Energy Vision.” Lena co-authored RMI’s 2011 book Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for a New Energy Era, a roadmap for an economic transition to a low-carbon system in the US.


Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program

Master of Environmental Management in Economics & Policy, Duke University

Certificate in Energy & Environment, Duke University

BA, Physics, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

New York’s Next Steps in the REV-olution

It has been more than three years since Superstorm Sandy came ashore, creating massive storm flooding, gasoline shortages, and more than a week of power outages. Sandy’s devastation revealed critical gaps in New York’s utility infrastructure that inspired Governor Cuomo’s administration to launch New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)…


Transactive Energy

The session explored how platforms can enable value exchange of distributed energy resources, both vertically to the distribution and bulk power system, as well as horizontally through bilateral transactions from distributed resources.


A Review of Solar PV Benefit and Cost Studies

This discussion document reviews 15 distributed photovoltaic (DPV) benefit/cost studies by utilities, national labs, and other organizations to determine what is known and unknown about the categorization, methodological best practices, and gaps around the benefits and costs of DPV.  It also begins to establish a clear foundation from which additional…


Introducing the Electricity Innovation Lab

In RMI’s recent book, Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for a New Energy Era, we suggest it’s possible to transform the U.S. electricity system over the next 40 years to one that is clean, secure, and customer-centric, all while not sacrificing affordability or reliability.


Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Environmentally Beneficial Load Building: Implications on California’s Revenue Adjustment Mechanism

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are poised to allow, for the first time, large-scale interaction between the transportation and electric utility sectors. Electricity is a more efficient vehicle fuel than are liquid fossil fuels, and it can reduce system-wide greenhouse-gas emissions by transferring energy demand and emissions from the transportation to…


Spatial and Temporal Interactions of Solar and Wind Resources in the Next Generation Utility

The “next generation” electric utility must incorporate variable renewable resources, including wind and solar, in much larger quantities than conventionally thought possible. While resource variability presents a challenge, it should be possible to reduce and manage that variability by geographically distributing renewables, combining them with different renewables, and having more…