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lena hansen

Lena Hansen

Managing Director
  • China

Lena Hansen is the Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute’s China Program, based in Beijing, where she leads 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.


Prior to joining the China program, Lena 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 (eLab), 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


Beijing, China

Authored Works

Spatial and Temporal Interactions of Wind and Solar in the Next Generation Utility: Expanded Analysis

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…


Intermittent Renewables in the Next-Generation Utility

Advances in digital communications and renewable energy technologies are poised to facilitate a transition to a “next-generation utility” that fully integrates both supply- and demand-side resources in a way that can enable significantly larger penetrations of intermittent renewable energy technologies than conventionally thought possible. However, as the penetration of intermittent…


New Frontiers in Utility Valuation of Renewable Resources

In this report, Rocky Mountain Institute explores the underlying theory and practical methodologies for the valuation of renewable resources. We present the theoretical basis first to acquaint thereader with the underlying rationale for the approach to valuing these resources. We then present the practical methodologies that can be used to…