Mike Henchen

  • Electricity

Mike Henchen works to decarbonize U.S. buildings through electrification of heating and other end uses. He led two key reports – The Impact of Fossil Fuels in Buildings, providing a crash course in direct building emissions, and The Economics of Electrifying Buildings, emphasizing the opportunity to decarbonize buildings by transitioning away from fossil fuel consumption on site. He has also worked with RMI’s Puerto Rico team to support a resilient, affordable, clean electricity system there. His other work has focused on innovative customer programs at utilities and the changing utility business model.


Before joining RMI, Mike was an engagement manager for McKinsey and Company in San Francisco. He worked primarily in the electric power sector serving major utilities on operations and strategy projects. Before this, Mike served as an officer in the US Army, deploying to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division in 2008-2009. Mike holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.


MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
B.Sc., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University


Boulder, CO




“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.”

Authored Works

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?…

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Making Customer Battery Storage Work for a Cleaner, Less Expensive Grid

Battery energy storage is often hailed as a “holy grail” to unlock a renewable energy future. And battery costs are falling, bringing that vision closer to reality. In fact, it is now cost-effective for many commercial customers to invest in batteries to reduce their energy bills. But therein lies the…

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Pathways for Innovation

Download RMI’s New Report, Pathways for Innovation: The Role of Pilots and Demonstrations in Reinventing the Utility Business Model The rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) and large-scale renewable energy is driving utilities to test and develop a variety of new technologies, business models, and customer-facing programs. DERs…

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Greening the Pot Industry

On November 8, voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine voted to legalize recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia, where it’s already legal. This means some 67 million Americans will live in places where recreational pot is legal—an almost 300 percent increase. And this…