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Ian Kelly




Ian works primarily on RMI’s Business Renewables Center team and focuses much of his time on product development. He currently is leading the task force on risk allocation, which will result in the delivery of a primer on the topic at the May 2016 conference, and an analysis of the fair value of new wind or solar plants across the U.S. He previously managed the creation of the BRC Marketplace and authored the BRC’s Deal Structure Primer, Economic Analysis Primer, and Deal Process Guide.

Ian joined RMI after completing a masters degree in Energy & Environment at Duke University. Among his activities there, he conducted an analysis of the feasibility and environmental impacts of incorporating renewable energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency into a proposed islanded microgrid to power an artisanal diamond mine in Sierra Leone and was part of a multidisciplinary faculty and student research team working to develop an energy disaggregation system.

In his first career, Ian practiced corporate law in Chicago, where he represented clients in the energy utility, energy management/controls, information technology, consumer products, and private equity industries in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions.


  • Master of Environmental Management, Duke University, 2014
  • Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 2000


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