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Sam Mardell

  • Electricity

Sam is an Associate with RMI’s electricity practice, where he helps develop strategies to speed the retirement of coal power plants. He joined RMI in June 2019.


Prior to joining RMI, Sam studied at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where he specialized in clean energy policy and technology. Last summer, Sam interned at RMI with the Energy Web Foundation team where he helped develop use cases for blockchain technology in the energy sector.

Before returning to graduate school, Sam supported state and municipal efforts to develop local solar market development with Meister Consultants Group (now Cadmus Group). Prior to Meister Consultants Group, Sam conducted demand response operations for EnerNOC (now Enel X).


Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M), Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

BA, Science, Technology, and Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Boulder, CO

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just

For over a century, growing presence of coal smokestacks worldwide signified economic development and progress. Coal supplied our homes with electricity and our factories with power. At the same time, this workhorse of the industrial era caused serious harm to our health and the environment. Today, the costs of continuing…