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Roy Torbert

Principal
  • Islands

Roy is a Principal on the Empowering Clean Economies Program, specializing in integrated energy planning for islands, inclusive multi-stakeholder facilitation, and renewable and efficiency finance to expand and accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. Roy leads RMI’s work with Puerto Rico as well as long-term electricity system planning with RMI’s many island partners. Roy leads RMI’s growing activities in Southeast Asia.

He has worked with leading universities (including Arizona State University) and global multinationals (including McDonald’s Corporation) to analyze net-zero opportunities and deliver roadmaps to reaching carbon reduction goals. Roy’s prior research includes reducing the soft costs of solar (specifically financing costs), valuing all the benefits of a highly efficient building, and analysis for RMI’s Reinventing Fire initiative and book.

BACKGROUND

Prior to RMI, Roy was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C., working on software implementation and strategic management projects for the Army. With Booz Allen, Roy also implemented and managed a procurement-focused software system for a Department of Defense client.

In 2008, Roy interned with the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels and was responsible for armaments issues. In 2007, Roy interned with G.E. in Dubai in the Infrastructure division and worked on renewable energy, environmental regulations, and governmental policy. He has expertise collaborating with regulators, policymakers, and private industry in the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, and a variety of island states. He has been trained in leadership, project management, facilitation, software implementation, and data analysis.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Business Finance, College of William and Mary (2009)

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Schools Stronger than Storms

One year ago, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, causing the largest power outage in US history. Puerto Ricans, on average, suffered without electricity for three months, many for almost a year, as recovery officials struggled to repair what was already a poorly maintained and inefficient electrical grid. This prolonged power…

Outlet Blog Post

Saint Lucia’s Journey to a Renewable Future

In the southern Lesser Antilles lies the green, mountainous island of Saint Lucia, famous for the scenic Piton mountains and honeymooners. The island’s 180,000 residents and tourism-driven economy depend heavily on reliable electricity service. Today, that electricity is generated almost exclusively from imported diesel fuel, leaving Saint Lucia vulnerable to…

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How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Owner Occupants

Deep retrofits generate substantial value for owner-occupants, well beyond the energy cost savings . When all the benefits of deep retrofits are included in the calculation of value, deep retrofits can compete directly for company equity delivering rates of return, at reasonable risk, well in excess of most company’s “hurdle…

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The missing link: Transforming deep retrofits into financial assets

Deep retrofits—those saving 50 percent or more energy and achieving superior sustainability performance—are valuable yet largely untapped financial assets. This paper describes how to calculate all the value propositions of deep retrofits, enabling such investments to take their proper role as a central driver of company performance. Many comparisons have…

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Efficiency and Renewables on the Menu for McDonald’s

Not many people associate fast food with clean energy. But that’s exactly what one of the largest quick-service restaurants in the world is exploring. RMI recently completed a net-zero-energy study for McDonald’s, which explores how to offset the energy consumption of an entire restaurant with renewable energy.