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Stephen Abbott

  • Carbon-free Cities and States

Stephen works with the Communities, Industry and Electricity practices at RMI. He is particularly interested in developing and advancing new business models that enable all parties to understand and capture the value of distributed resources, large-scale renewables, and energy efficiency. Since joining RMI in August 2013, Stephen has helped universities design a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality, studied innovative business models and cost-reduction opportunities for distributed solar, and helped design and launch the Institute’s broader university programs.


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


Boulder, CO

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Outlet Blog Post

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.


Integrated Utility Service Model

This session reviewed the work that Fort Collins Utilities (FCU) did to develop a new business model titled, “Integrated Utility Services” (IUS). In the IUS model, the utility would deliver integrated packages of solar and efficiency to customers using on-bill repayment and delivering savings from day one. This business model…