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Lena Hansen

Rocky Mountain Institute, Principal, Electricity Practice

Boulder, Colorado

Lena is a Principal with Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity practice, where she specializes in energy and carbon strategy as well as design innovation for electric utilities, heavy industry, and corporations. She contributes to and leads consulting projects on demand-side management, end-use energy efficiency, renewable energy integration, and greenhouse gas strategy. She has worked with a diverse set of electric utilities, including most recently managing RMI’s collaboration with Duke Energy.

Lena’s research work focuses on RMI’s Next Generation Utility Initiative, which aims to help drive the transformation of the electric system away from fossil fuels. Specifically, she has worked on managing the variability of wind power, including “firming” and the impacts of geographically distributing systems.

Lena holds BA degrees in Astrophysics and in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University.

Updated June 2010.