Rachel Gold is a principal with the Carbon-Free Electricity Practice, where she leads RMI’s work with utilities, regulators, and advocates to evolve utility business models and regulations to support the rapid and equitable decarbonization of electricity systems.
At RMI, Rachel has served as the project manager for innovative facilitation and technical assistance engagements, including the first e–Lab Summit, RMI’s support for the Solar Energy Innovation Network, and RMI’s initial post-storm efforts in Puerto Rico. She has advised clients including utilities, regulatory commissions, and government agencies on process design and facilitation, business models, and customer engagement strategies.
Before RMI, Rachel was the utilities program director at ACEEE, leading a team that provides research, technical assistance, and convening on state energy efficiency policy, utility ratemaking, resource planning, and energy efficiency programs. There, she helped launch the Climate-Forward Efficiency Initiative to realign and scale efficiency to the climate challenge and the Leading with Equity Initiative to embed equity metrics in ACEEE’s Scorecards. Earlier in her career, Rachel was on the regulatory affairs and market development team at Opower. She has consulted for the National Park Service and the UC Berkeley Labor Center, and she interned at the California Public Utilities Commission.
MPP, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
BS, Biology and Environmental Studies, Brandeis University