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Yiyan Cao

Senior Associate
  • China

Yiyan is an associate at RMI, primarily working on green dispatch analysis, and transmission and distribution pricing mechanisms in the power sector. She also supports the general RMI program in China. Yiyan joined RMI in June 2017.


Before joining RMI, Yiyan worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank. She worked on green building program in conjunction with China MoHURD to conduct benchmarking for the China Green Building Labeling system, and assisted in efforts to improve standards, codes, and regulations relating to green hotels.

While pursuing a Master’s degree in Energy and Environment Management in Duke University, Yiyan interned in the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, where she conducted industrial energy efficiency consulting for Owens Corning Composites Company China factory and successfully completed two retrofit projects. Yiyan also conducted power system analysis for residential energy efficiency investments in the Duke Energy service region as her master’s project.


Master of Energy and Environment Management, Duke University

BSc, Environmental Science, Renmin University of China


Beijing, China

Why I Love Working At RMI

“Working and hanging out with RMI people who are passionate, smart, and determined about climate change work is one of the best things in my day”

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RMI Buys Renewable Energy Certificates in China’s Pilot Market

In July 2017, China opened its green energy certificate market—often called renewable energy certificates (RECs) or Guarantee of Origin (GoO) in other parts of the world—which allows businesses and individuals to buy renewable energy (in China’s domestic market). RMI was one of the first to support this new product by…