A lot of attention is given to the question: what is the right role and business model for electric utilities? This has become something like the energy industry’s version of what is the meaning of life, existential in nature and prone to as many answers as there are names on…
Rachel Gold is a Manager in Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity and buildings practices. Rachel’s work focuses on changes to the utility business model and regulatory policy to advance the integration of distributed energy resources into the electricity system. Her most recent work addresses distributed energy resource (DER) customer engagement, including the opportunity for regulators in electric vehicle adoption and integration, and for utilities in testing new revenue streams to support DER adoption. She supports e-Lab strategy and business development, and served as the project manager for the first e-Lab Summit.
Rachel has also served a member of the Residential Energy+ team, where she led efforts to enhance transparency and valuation of energy upgrades throughout the residential real estate process.
Before joining RMI, Rachel served as a member of Opower’s regulatory team, leading market development for the state of California and providing strategy, regulatory, and EM&V analysis for North America and Asia-Pacific countries. She began her career in energy as a federal policy analyst at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), where she managed efforts to score energy efficiency provisions in federal energy, climate, and jobs proposals. Rachel has also consulted for the National Park Service’s Business Management Group and the Oakland City Administrator’s Office and interned for the California Public Utilities Commission and the UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
Master of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
B.Sc., Biology and Environmental Studies, Brandeis University