Dan Wetzel, Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute
Daniel Wetzel is a Senior Associate in Rocky Mountain Institute’s Snowmass office. Dan is focused on projects in the Electricity and International practice. Dan joined RMI in September 2013.
Dan performs primary research and modeling for RMI’s engagements with various global communities, helping plan and execute the Reinventing Fire vision in specific jurisdictions. He is a primary researcher for the electricity sector analysis for the Reinventing Fire: China initiative, partnering with Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and the Energy Research Institute of the National Resources Defense Council in China. This study looks to inform China’s 13th Five Year Plan, an important policy decision that will determine China’s energy strategy for the next five years. Dan has performed similar analysis for the City of Fort Collins, which has been a leader in climate action and adopting innovative new utility business models to achieve substantial reduction of carbon emissions.
Dan also works on the Emerging Technology initiative that investigates new strategies for bringing rapidly maturing technologies to the electricity provision system in an effort to integrate high shares of renewable and distributed energy resources into the electricity system. He has provided research on this topic for New York State’s aggressive “Reforming the Energy Vision” plan that looks to create new market opportunities for distributed energy resources, unlocking the potential for energy innovation at the distribution edge.
Prior to joining RMI, Dan was a formulation scientist with Reckitt Benckiser working on green product development and rolling-out internal sustainability programs across all global business units. Dan also worked for RTI Surgical (previously RTI Biologics) in their Innovation team developing new human allograft technology.
His educational background is in Chemical and Industrial processes, with a focus on their energy and material impacts. Masters of Energy Science, Technology and Policy; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011 Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011