Local governments are already a critical player in the United States’ transition to renewables, and their role will only grow in 2022 as they take advantage of emerging strategies and opportunities.
Steve Abbott is a principal on RMI’s Urban Transformation team where he leads efforts to accelerate city renewable energy efforts. Over the past eight years, Steve has focused on helping organizations develop and execute renewable energy strategies. In 2014, Steve helped found RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), an organization dedicated to growing the market for corporate renewable energy transactions. Steve led a number of projects for the BRC team, including developing a series of technical manuals and guides, overseeing the creation of the program’s web platform, and regularly facilitating in-person training events and workshops. In 2018, Steve used this experience to launch and manage the City Renewables Accelerator, an initiative which has since expanded into RMI’s Urban Transformation Program.
Stephen comes to RMI from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he focused his attention on renewable energy and sustainability. As a vice-president of Tuck’s Net Impact Chapter and the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative, he organized company visits, educational discussions, and seminars to keep fellow students informed about new developments in the energy industry. In order to develop an understanding of renewable energy development, Stephen spent his summer at Apex Clean Energy in Charlottesville, VA. In addition, Stephen participated in the 2012 and 2013 Ross Renewable Energy Case Competitions, where his team was awarded 4th and 3rd place respectively.
Prior to attending graduate school, Stephen spent four years at an economic consulting firm, where his work focused on understanding and analyzing the financial impacts of corporate decisions. During this time, Stephen developed analytical, programming, and communication skills within a highly rigorous, academic environment. His project experience ranged across a number of industries, including mutual funds, financial services, pharmaceuticals and entertainment.
Master of Business Administration, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Tuck Scholar, 2013
B.A. in Economics and Computer Science cum laude, Williams College, 2007