Puerto Rico’s electric system is at a crucial inflection point, with an opportunity to pivot from years of hardship—high energy costs, utility bankruptcy, the largest blackout in US history, and heavy pollution from a system 98 percent powered by fossil fuels—to a new vision that is clean, reliable, and resilient.
Mike Henchen is a Manager with RMI’s electricity practice. He focuses on utility business models and innovation, and manages RMI’s ongoing work supporting a resilient, affordable, clean electricity system in Puerto Rico. Mike has contributed to RMI’s Reimagining the Utility work, an assessment of lessons learned in utility pilot and demonstration programs at the distribution edge, and an upcoming paper on electrification of building heating. He has also worked with leading utilities to build and expand innovative business models supporting the transition to an affordable, reliable, low-carbon energy system. Mike is interested in developing solutions for a clean energy future that benefit both customers and utilities and mitigate the impact of climate change.
Before joining RMI, Mike was an engagement manager for McKinsey and Company in San Francisco. He worked primarily in the electric utility sector, helping utilities implement operational efficiency programs. Before this, Mike served as an engineer officer in the U.S. Army, deploying to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division in 2008–2009, performing counterinsurgency and base defense missions as a platoon leader and company executive officer.
MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
B.Sc., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING AT RMI?
“I am inspired to work toward solutions that build a sustainable energy future while also supporting a dynamic energy system that helps customers, businesses, and communities meet their goals.”