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Stephen Mushegan

Manager
  • Building Electrification

Stephen is a Manager on the Building Electrification program, where he oversees engagement with policymakers, NGOs, utilities, and other stakeholders in Eastern US states and cities to electrify heating, hot water, and cooking to reduce fossil fuel combustion in buildings. In this role, he supports partners advocating for policy changes to enable building electrification at scale by providing analysis and disseminating facts around the economic, carbon, health, and air quality benefits of moving to an all-electric future.

Background

Previously, Stephen was a Project Portfolio Manager for the Islands Energy Program, where he oversaw and advised renewable energy, energy storage, and microgrid project development and implementation in Caribbean small island nations.

He joined RMI from the Clinton Foundation, where he led the Clinton Climate Initiative’s technical team of project managers and analysts advising small island governments and utilities in renewable energy initiatives. One of his key achievements in this role was overseeing the procurement and contract negotiations for Saint Lucia’s first utility-scale renewable energy project, the La Tourney 3 MW solar farm. Working closely with RMI, Stephen also supported the development of 1 MW of distributed utility-owned solar PV in Turks and Caicos Islands, and provided techno-economic analysis for energy transition plans in Saint Lucia and Belize. In partnership with NREL, he led a post-hurricane energy transition plan in Dominica.

Prior to this, Stephen held several project management and energy engineering roles specializing in the feasibility, design, and turn-key implementation of combined heat and power, heat recovery, and electrical energy efficiency projects, particularly in the commercial and industrial sector.

Education

M.Sc., Sustainable Energy Futures – Imperial College London
B.S., Mechanical Engineering; Minor in International Studies – University of California, San Diego

Location

New York, NY

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Massachusetts Decision Highlights the Need for State Action on Building Electrification

This week, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) disapproved the state’s first local ordinance that would have prohibited the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in newly constructed buildings and in major renovations. The town of Brookline overwhelmingly passed this building electrification by-law in November of 2019, becoming the first municipality…

Outlet Blog Post

Saint Lucia’s Journey to a Renewable Future

In the southern Lesser Antilles lies the green, mountainous island of Saint Lucia, famous for the scenic Piton mountains and honeymooners. The island’s 180,000 residents and tourism-driven economy depend heavily on reliable electricity service. Today, that electricity is generated almost exclusively from imported diesel fuel, leaving Saint Lucia vulnerable to…