China has the opportunity to improve the thermal comfort of building occupants without increasing energy use by designing new buildings (and retrofitting old ones) to have many of the passive features that RMI’s Innovation Center demonstrates. These features require very low levels of energy to fuel them, and deliver thermal comfort that is better than what most Chinese buildings are delivering now.
Zihe is a Senior Associate at RMI, currently focusing on the Power Market Optimization Initiative under the China program, working with policymakers, researchers, and industry to support China’s power sector reform through analytics, strategic advisory, and thought leadership building. Zihe joined RMI in June 2015.
Previously at RMI, Zihe worked within the Electricity Practice, where the team supports state Public Utilities Commissions in proceedings regarding demand response and distributed energy resource integration. She also supported Business Renewable Center (BRC) China, which aims to enable corporate renewable procurement in China, and she co-authored BRC’s annual State of The Market: Corporate Renewable Procurement in China and Case Studies on Enterprise Procurement of Renewable Energy in US Non-regulated Power Market. Zihe also worked on Reinventing Fire: China, providing research and analysis for the building and transportation sectors.
Zihe joined RMI after completing her Master’s degree in Engineering Management at Duke University. During her studies at Duke, she worked as a student consultant for FHI360, helping its Business Solutions Group with global project engagement and outreach plans. Before graduate school, she studied applied mathematics and worked for Daimler on SAP rollout projects for Mercedes-Benz plants.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
Master of Engineering Management, Duke University
BS, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Renmin University of China
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WHAT MAKES YOU MOST PROUD ABOUT WORKING AT RMI?
“I am inspired by people’s passion and dedication to high impact work to transform global energy use at RMI.”