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Chris Burgess


Washington, D.C.


Christopher Burgess is a Manager for the Islands Energy Program at Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room. He has over 15 years of experience as an environmental professional and project manager with practice in a variety of multi-disciplinary energy and infrastructure projects. Chris brings a wealth of environmental, renewable energy and project management experience to his current role.


Before joining Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room, Chris was the Chief Operating Officer at Alpha Energy, a renewable energy development company in Annapolis, Maryland. At Alpha Energy, Chris was responsible for the company’s feasibility studies and overall project management for commercial and utility scale wind and solar installations. He regularly managed multi-million dollar projects both domestically and internationally.

Chris also has previous experience as an environmental planner for new and reclaimed commercial site development, as well as a program analyst and team leader with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. At the EPA, Chris provided operations support and technical assistance for environmental emergencies nationwide. He was instrumental to operations during EPA’s high profile responses, including Sept. 11th, Columbia Shuttle and the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

He has been active in Maryland’s renewable energy policy progression through advocacy organizations such as the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industry’s Association and the Business Network for Maryland Offshore Wind, and has written and testified on several provisions for Maryland’s current renewable energy laws, including interconnection, aggregate net-metering and Maryland’s recently enacted Offshore Wind Energy policy. 


  • MA in Environmental Science and Policy, Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor's in Coastal and Environmental Planning, East Carolina University
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