Yiyan Cao

Yiyan is a manager at RMI where she works primarily on power system decarbonization roadmaps, coal transition mechanisms, green dispatch analysis, and power sector market reform in China. Yiyan joined RMI in June 2017.


Before joining RMI, Yiyan worked as consultant for International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank. She worked on the green building program 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 at the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, where she conducted industrial energy efficiency consulting for the Owens Corning Composites Company China factory and successfully completed two retrofit projects. Yiyan also conducted power system analysis for residential energy efficiency investments in Duke Energy service region as her master’s project.


M.A., 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”