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Kendall Ernst

Sr. Associate


Kendall is a Senior Associate at RMI in the Boulder office. Kendall is growing his content expertise in utility business models and power systems in emerging markets. He has past experience in DER business models for low-income markets and facilitation of complex conversations with multiple stakeholders. He is committed to the DiveEn initiative, an effort to instill an inclusive culture and encourage policy changes embracing diversity. Kendall joined RMI in September 2014.

Current RMI Projects

Together with the SEED and Islands teams, Kendall is helping to assess the feasibility of transitioning generation resource mixes to renewable energy through financial analysis of utility and mini-grid business models and technical modeling of power system. The teams’ efforts will advise African and Caribbean governments and regulators on national energy strategies. Additionally, through facilitation, he is aiding efforts to enable pathways to strategic energy planning through convening, agenda and process design, and shaping of shared understanding of opportunities.

Past RMI Projects

While on the eLab Leap team, Kendall investigated financing and ownership arrangements of renewable energy projects in order to accelerate the development of business models for low-income communities and households. Together with this research, he helped his team cultivate an ongoing convening of key stakeholders to provide innovative solutions to challenges at the nexus of clean energy and low-income issues. Kendall’s other past projects include economics analysis of Chinese industry for Reinventing Fire: China.


Kendall finished his Masters in Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he focused on using sustainable decision-making methods such as Life Cycle Analysis to inform policy making. Kendall is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Prior to graduate school, Kendall worked in Dallas, TX for ICF International, gaining hands-on experience in energy efficiency program design and implementation. He also has held several positions at environmental NGOs, including work on policy in Berlin, Germany. He is actively seeking opportunities to improve both his spoken and written German.


  • MS in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
  • BA in Political Science, Stanford University, 2010
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