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Mark Dyson

Principal
  • Electricity

Mark is a principal with the Electricity Practice at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he has worked since 2008 and currently leads RMI research and collaboration efforts around the roles that distributed energy resources can play in grid planning and investment. At RMI, Mark has led cutting-edge research projects on the value that renewable energy, demand flexibility, and storage offer customers and the grid, and has advised clients including large utilities, regulatory commissions, oil majors, and clean-tech companies on distributed energy topics.

Mark’s work focuses on several topics related to the changing nature of the electricity grid. Mark has contributed to RMI’s work on new approaches to grid resource planning that better account for the expanding role of renewable energy and distributed energy resources. Mark also helped lead RMI’s analysis of the potential of demand flexibility to reduce grid emissions and costs, and has engaged with several industry partners to launch new business models that take advantage of that potential.

BACKGROUND

Prior to joining RMI, Mark worked at Ascend Analytics, helping deploy software for grid dispatch optimization and financial modeling to several large energy companies. Mark has also held research positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working on improving regional electricity system planning models, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on analysis of the potential for aggregated demand response programs to provide ancillary services.

LOCATION

Boulder, CO

TWITTER HANDLE

@mehdyson

EDUCATION & AWARDS

Mark received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Carleton College, and his master’s degree in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Mark has also worked in research roles at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Lab, and for a half-dozen utility clients in several large consulting engagements.

M.Sc., Energy & Resources Group, University of California – Berkeley
BA, Computer Science and Geology, Carleton College

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – Energy Engineering

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

The Climate Opportunity of Clean Energy Portfolios

As global climate leaders gather in New York City this week, the scope and scale of the challenge in meeting international climate targets has never been clearer. On the other hand, neither has there ever before been such a confluence of technology, business-led innovation, and market-aligned policy that, together, can…

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Energy Resilience in the Roaring Fork Valley

On the evening of July 3, 2018, a wildfire broke out a half mile from the Rocky Mountain Institute office in Basalt, Colorado, in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley. This fire—dubbed the Lake Christine Fire—spread to engulf more than 12,500 acres and came within minutes of shutting…

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Twas a Busy December: Reflections on the Energy Transition

Twas a busy December, and all through the grid, Transformers were quietly buzzing amid The transition affecting the industry whole And spreading quite fast through each wire and pole. On the bulk power system and below the substation, Leaders moved quickly and drove innovation. Upstarts…

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Connecting Western Co-op Members With Cost-Effective Clean Energy

If you would like to learn more about the results of this report and receive updates as they become available, please click here. The emergence of very low-cost renewable energy pricing in the United States has created unprecedented opportunities, and some risks, for utilities currently reliant on high-cost, legacy…

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Saving Colorado Customers Money with Clean Energy

Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan, which will be considered by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission this month, has made national news with its promise to save the utility’s customers more than $200 million by shuttering an aging coal plant and replacing it with a combination of renewable energy and…

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Report Release: The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios

Download RMI’s new report, The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios The US power system is one of the largest, most complicated, and most expensive machines in the world, but the grid’s core infrastructure is old and is not aging gracefully. Nearly 500 gigawatts (GW), or about half of the…