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Jesse Morris

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Currently, Jesse is working with energy storage companies, smart control providers, utilities, and the regulatory community to help distributed energy resources of all shapes and sizes become an integral, widely-accessible part of the global electricity system. More specifically, Jesse and the disruptor team are working to enable distributed energy resources to provide a wide variety of services to the grid through regulatory change and new business models. Jesse is also working with his team to understand how much value buildings equipped with different combinations of solar PV, smart controls, variable speed devices, thermal storage, and electrical storage can deliver to customers, the grid, and society at large.

Within Transportation, Jesse recently conducted policy research and analysis to help shape California’s ongoing transition to a cleaner, more efficient transportation system powered by public transit and efficient vehicles. Jesse also participated in RMI’s Reinventing Fire research initiative where he analyzed the potential for whole-system design to improve the U.S. transportation system by investigating exactly where, when, why, and how we use our vehicles.

BACKGROUND

Jesse Morris graduated from Colorado College with a degree in International Environmental Policy. Before joining RMI, Jesse worked at the Aspen Institute where he focused on convening multi-stakeholder groups to explore climate change adaptation and mitigation challenges and opportunities. Prior to this role, Jesse pursued his interest in renewable energy and efficiency with PV Powered (now Advanced Energy), a grid-tied photovoltaic inverter manufacturer.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, International Environmental Policy, Magna Cum Laude, Colorado College (2009)

LOCATION

Basalt, CO

TWITTER HANDLE

@ja_morris

Authored Blog Posts

Power Protector: How Blockchains Can Bolster the Grid’s…

The past week’s ransomware saga is a potent reminder of just how vulnerable our information and data is to cyber-threats. But it’s not just our information that’s vulnerable; these threats extend into the physical world of electricity too. In fact, today’s electrical grid is incredibly insecure against cybersecurity threats; for…

The Energy Web Foundation: Bringing Blockchain Technology to…

Blockchain technology—the technology underpinning the Bitcoin virtual currency—is being discussed as one of the most potentially disruptive technologies since the Internet. Blockchains are a combination of information technology, cryptography, and governance principles that enables transactions to occur without the need for a third party to establish trust between…

Hawaii just ended net metering for solar. Now…

Earlier this week, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a ruling ending net energy metering (NEM) for all new solar customers in the state. Now, new customers will have a choice to make between two new tariffs: a “grid-supply” option and a “self-supply” option. (More on their details…