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Stephen Abbott

Principal
  • Urban Transformation

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.

Background

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.

Education

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

Location

Boulder, CO

Twitter Handles

@Steve_A_Abbott

Authored Works
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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…

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HB6 Is a Terrible Deal for Ohio

In the summer of 2019, Ohio lawmakers passed House Bill 6, a multifaceted piece of legislation that could shape the regional energy landscape for a generation. It was quickly lambasted as “the worst energy bill of the 21st century.” Key provisions included:  A bailout for two nuclear plants, which…

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What Good are City Clean-Energy Targets?

In the absence of federal action, the US has seen a groundswell of local efforts and leadership in the fight against climate change. In addition to various states and corporations, many cities in the US have committed to power their own operations with renewable energy. In fact, 132…

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Renewables for Everyone: Moving Beyond the Fortune 500

This blog post is part of a series from RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which streamlines and accelerates corporate purchasing of off-site, large-scale renewable energy. Over the past four years, corporate America has emerged as a powerful champion of renewable energy. While many companies have installed on-site generation such as rooftop solar, corporate…

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Expanding the Western Electricity Grid

This blog post is part of a series from RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which streamlines and accelerates corporate purchasing of off-site, large-scale renewable energy. Renewables are on the rise in the U.S., with wind and solar representing the fastest growing energy technologies—even outpacing new natural gas capacity development in…

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Finding Better Places to Buy Wind and Solar Power

Large corporations, universities, and municipalities are increasingly interested in procuring renewable energy at scale due to a combination of increasingly ambitious sustainability targets and falling costs. Buyers must consider more than just the cost of energy when evaluating these transactions, but the opacity and complexity of wholesale energy markets makes…

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Why and How GM Bought Mexican Wind Power

Multinational companies have multinational electricity needs, leading some to investigate wind and solar projects in foreign countries. RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) team sat down with the General Motors deal team to discuss the 34 MW power purchase agreement the company signed in Mexico with an Enel Green Power wind project. We wanted to find out: Why renewables? Why Mexico? And how the team succeeded.