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