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Ryan Shea

Senior Associate
  • Urban Transformation

Ryan is a Senior Associate on the Cities Renewables Accelerator team working to support and scale U.S. city efforts to procure and deploy clean and renewable energy and decarbonize their electricity supplies.

He first joined RMI as an intern with the Islands Energy Program in 2017 and officially joined RMI as an Associate in January 2019.

Ryan has experience with economic analyses for renewable energy systems in island settings, as well as carbon neutral pathways for non-profits and universities. After graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton (UD) in 2016, Ryan received a Fulbright scholarship to research cost-effective pathways for Mauritius, a small island developing state, to achieve their short-term renewable energy goals. Building off this work and his internship with RMI’s Islands Energy Program, Ryan returned to UD where his graduate research focused on cost-effective carbon neutral pathways for universities, using UD as a case study in scale-able energy efficiency, on and off-site solar, and fuel switching to geothermal heat pumps.

M.S., Renewable & Clean Energy, University of Dayton, 2018

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sustainability minor, University of Dayton, 2016

Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Congress Cannot Ignore Residential Solar Tax Credit Inequities

Through the Justice40 Initiative, President Biden has made clear that bringing clean energy benefits to marginalized and low-income communities is a priority. Right now, low-income households experience up to three times higher energy burden (the percent of household income spent on energy costs) than high-income households. Rooftop solar…


Renewable PPAs Are the Opposite of Risky Business

Over the past few years, local governments have transitioned from making commitments to renewable energy to taking bold actions—and off-site, wholesale power purchase agreements (PPAs) have made this possible. Today, nearly 200 US cities and counties and eight states have committed to 100 percent clean energy, covering approximately one…