About the Authors


Kyle Datta
E. Kyle Datta
CEO, New Energy Partners

Kyle Datta is a former Vice President of Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he was the Managing Partner of the firm's Asia Energy Practice and later led the U.S. Utilities practice. Mr. Datta holds BS, MES, and MPPM degrees from Yale University. He is currently CEO of New Energy Partners, an energy consulting and renewable development firm located in Hawai'i.




Tom Fieler
Thomas Feiler

Tom Feiler is a former Managing Director and Principal of Rocky Mountain Institute's Energy and Resources team. He is an authority on industry structure, resource planning, and competitive strategy development for the electric power and natural gas sectors. Mr. Feiler has been an international consultant, speaker, expert witness, and author on the electric power and natural gas industries, addressing such issues as competitive markets, strategic planning, industry trends and environmental policy analysis, market development, risk analysis, integrated resource planning, and demand-side management. He is a University of Denver graduate summa cum laude in Political Science and in Philosophy, and holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.




André Lehmann
Associate, Batinergie

André Lehmann, an electrical engineer holding an MSEE from the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne, is a former Research Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute. After leaving RMI, he completed a PhD in atmospheric physics at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. Dr. Lehmann consults on and implements energy efficiency improvements for new homes in the Lake Geneva area of Switzerland.




Amory Lovins
Amory B. Lovins
CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute

Physicist Amory Lovins is Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org) and Chairman Emeritus of Fiberforge Corporation (www.fiberforge.com). Published in 29 books and hundreds of papers, his wide-ranging innovations in energy, security, environment, and development have been recognized by the Blue Planet, Volvo, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 11 honorary doctorates, honorary membership of the American Institute of Architects, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, Foreign Membership of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards. He advises governments and major firms worldwide on advanced energy and resource efficiency, has briefed 20 heads of state, and has led the technical redesign of more than $30 billion worth of industrial facilities in 29 sectors to achieve very large energy savings at typically lower capital cost. His latest academic chair was as a 2007 visiting professor in Stanford University's School of Engineering. In 2009, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.




Karl Rabago
Karl R. Rábago
Sustainability Alliances Leader, Cargill Dow LLC

Karl R. Rábago is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, a former public utility commissioner for the State of Texas, and a former Managing Director and Principal of the Energy and Resources team at Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a Board member of the Center for Resource Solutions and Chairman of the Green Power Board. His JD is from the University of Texas, and he holds LLM degrees from Pace University School of Law (Environmental Law) and the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School (Military Law).




Joel Swisher
Joel N. Swisher
Leader and Principal, Energy and Resources Services, Rocky Mountain Institute

Joel Swisher is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a PhD in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. With 25 years' experience in research and consulting on many aspects of clean energy technology, Dr. Swisher is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis, design, and evaluation of utility energy efficiency, distributed generation, and emission reduction programs and in the development and finance of carbon offset projects. His hundred-odd professional publications include RMI's 2002 monograph Cleaner Energy, Greener Profits: Fuel Cells as Cost-Effective Distributed Energy Resources (www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid171.php#CleanerGreener).




Ken Wicker
Ken Wicker
Senior Research Associate for the E SOURCE Distributed Energy Service

Ken Wicker provides analysis, conducts research, and reports on current emerging distributed energy technologies. He is the primary author of High Temperature Fuel Cells for Stationary Power: A Long, Hot Road to the Promised Product. He is a former Rocky Mountain Institute researcher and has been a consultant to small renewable energy companies in Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Mr. Wicker holds an MA in environmental and energy policy from the University of Delaware and a certificate in energy management and design from Sonoma State University.




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