Director, Utilities Program
Rachel leads ACEEE’s Utilities Program. Her research focuses on state energy efficiency policy, utility regulation and ratemaking, resource planning, and utility-sector energy efficiency programs. Rachel joined ACEEE in 2018, and also served as a federal policy analyst and assistant to the directors from 2009-2011.
Prior to joining ACEEE, Rachel worked in Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity and buildings practices, where she advised public utility commissions and utilities on power sector transformation and led multi-stakeholder collaborations on solar soft costs, customer DER adoption, post-storm system transformation, and rate design. Rachel was the project manager for the first eLab Summit. Before that, she served as a member of Opower’s regulatory team, leading California market development and providing strategy, sales training, and regulatory analysis in western states. Rachel has consulted for the National Park Service and the UC Berkeley Labor Center, and she interned at the California Public Utilities Commission.
Rachel holds a master of public policy from University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor of science in biology and environmental studies from Brandeis University.
- Utility business model reform
- Energy efficiency program design and strategy
- Collaborative processes for complex problem solving