Mark is a Manager with RMI's electricity practice. Mark's work focuses on characterizing the technical and economic factors important in improving electric utility planning for the distribution edge, including distributed resource interconnection, resource operational modeling, and rate design. Mark has been involved with RMI in several capacities since 2008.
Mark has worked on several large projects across RMI’s practice areas. Mark was a key part of the team responsible for developing RMI’s in-house electricity analysis software tools and applying them to the Reinventing Fire analysis in 2011. Mark also worked on quantitative analysis for industry collaborations in electric power, building efficiency, and large-scale industrial renewable energy use from 2008-2011, including RMI’s work with Duke Energy and H-E-B grocery stores. In addition to these collaborations Mark has also helped lead RMI’s work in demand response and renewable energy integration.
Prior to re-joining RMI in 2014, Mark worked at Ascend Analytics, helping deploy enterprise software for dispatch optimization and financial modeling to several large utilities and other energy companies. At Ascend, Mark worked extensively on modeling the financial and physical risk mitigation properties of renewable energy compared to fossil-fired generation, and incorporating this analysis into a major utility’s integrated resource plan and related regulatory proceedings.
Mark has also held research internships at the National Renewable Energy Lab, working on improving regional electricity system planning optimization models, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, working on analysis of the potential for demand response programs to provide ancillary services.
Before joining RMI in 2008, Mark worked at Harvard University and Carleton College as a geophysics researcher focusing on earthquake analysis.
- University of California - Berkeley, Master of Science in Energy and Resources
- Carleton College, Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science & Geology
- National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship in Energy Engineering
- Member, System Analysis Advisory Committee, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Select Publications & Conference Papers
- Dyson, Mark, James Mandel, et al. The Economics of Demand Flexibility: How “flexiwatts” create quantifiable value for customers and the grid. Rocky Mountain Institute, August 2015.
- Mathieu, Johanna, M. Dyson, & D. Callaway. (2015). “Resource and revenue potential of California residential load participation in ancillary services.” Energy Policy, May 2015
- Mai, Trieu, C. Barrows, A. Lopez, E. Hale, M. Dyson, & K. Eurek. (2015) "Implications of model structure and detail for utility planning: scenario case studies using the Resource Planning Model." NREL Technical Report 63972, April 2015
- Dyson, Mark, S. Borgeson, M. Tabone, & D. Callaway. (2014). “Using smart meter data to estimate demand response potential, with application to solar energy integration.” Energy Policy, October 2014
- Mathieu, Johanna, M. Dyson, D. Callaway. (2012). “Using residential loads for fast demand response: The potential resource and revenues, costs, and policy recommendations.” Proceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Buildings, Pacific Grove, CA.