Yuning Liu

  • US Program

Yuning is a manager on the Cities Team within RMI’s US Program. In this role, she delivers cutting-edge tools, resources, and technical assistance to help over 100 US local governments advance ambitious climate goals. She manages the Renewables Investment for Social Equity (RISE) cohort, an implementation-focused program equipping community lenders to pilot a new low-income solar finance model that leverages investment tax credits and direct pay. Yuning led the development of the Green Upgrade Calculator website, a groundbreaking tool that empowers energy professionals to assess the economic and climate impact of residential electrification upgrades on US households. Yuning also created the Local Energy Action Framework (LEAF), a quantitative energy gap model providing local governments comprehensive roadmaps to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2050.


Prior to joining RMI, Yuning served as an Industrial Energy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), authoring the inaugural edition of the Industrial Energy Data Book for the US Department of Energy. During her previous internship at RMI, Yuning researched the deployment of electric logistics vehicles in Shenzhen, China, and created a report on the optimal siting of urban charging infrastructure. While pursuing her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, Yuning worked as an energy consultant in a sustainable transportation project, where she helped a European energy infrastructure company, SNAM, identify the prospect of using natural gas in the transportation sector.


MA, International Economics & Energy, Resources and Environment, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

LLB, International Relations, Fudan University


Washington, DC