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Roy Torbert

Principal
  • Global South

Roy is a Principal on RMI’s Global South 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)

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Authored Works
Blog

Building Energy Use is Diverse and Little Understood

A new report by New York City’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability reveals the range of energy performance among NYC buildings, finding that some use up to five times as much energy as same-sized buildings used for similar purposes.

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Busting landlord-tenant barriers for greater energy efficiency

To date, conversations around energy efficiency between landlords and tenants have largely revolved around the fact that landlords must pay for upgrades, but tenants receive the immediate benefits. The conflict between landlords and tenants stemming from “split incentives” to install upgrades has been identified as one of the top barriers to capturing energy savings in buildings.

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GSA Challenges ESCOs to Retrofit to Net Zero

Energy service companies (ESCOs) have provided billions of dollars worth of energy savings through building retrofits — and inspired even the most reluctant clients to seek out energy efficiency. Yet certain building owners can achieve far greater energy and cost savings through the adoption of deep energy retrofits

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Talking Small Building Retrofit Finance

What exactly is a ‘zombie building’? “Toadstools?” Or M&V? What’s a roof pack and what’s a RTU? Each of these questions was raised last week at a workshop convened by Rocky Mountain Institute and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Association in Boulder. The Energy Efficiency and Capital Markets workshop included participants from banks, energy service companies, commercial real estate firms and utility related organizations who came together to discuss the key financing constraints for deep energy retrofits in smaller scale buildings (less than 50,000 square feet).