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Zihe Meng

Senior Associate
  • Global South

Zihe is a Senior Associate with RMI’s Global South program. She currently works on supporting development of a regional mini-grid program in sub-Saharan Africa with development partners, focusing on cost reduction and innovative business models for mini-grids. Prior to this, Zihe worked on Power Market Optimization Initiative under China program, working with policymakers, researchers and industry to support China’s power sector reform through analytics, strategic advisory and thought leadership building. She has also spent time with RMI’s Electricity Practice, where the team engaged and collaborated with State Public Utilities Commission on regulatory policy reforms, especially for DR and DER-related proceedings.


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 with their Business Solutions Group with global project engagement and outreach plan. Before graduate school, she studied applied mathematics and worked for Daimler on a SAP rollout project for Mercedes-Benz plants.


Master of Engineering Management, Duke University, 2014
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Renmin University of China, 2013


Boulder, CO

Authored Works
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Electrifying Agriculture in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, major institutions recognize that supporting productive uses of energy is key to achieve the national target of universal electrification. Both the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy (MOWIE) and the Ethiopian Electric Utility will leverage distributed energy resources and productive uses of energy to pursue universal electrification through…


A Necessary Low-Carbon Development Strategy for Chinese Buildings

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.