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Mark Silberg

eLab External Engagement Associate


Mark Silberg is the eLab External Engagement Associate in RMI's Boulder Office, where he leads external engagement for the Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab). In that role, Mark supports strategy, new initiatives, and business development, manages collaborations and partnerships, and sustains the lab’s communication and fundraising efforts. In 2016, Mark was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy.


Before joining RMI, Mark was based in Chicago, where he founded the nonprofit Spark Clean Energy, a cleantech entrepreneurship program that administers the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cleantech University Prize. He simultaneously worked as a researcher in the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University with the economist Lynne Kiesling. Their publications explore how market structures and regulatory design influence technological experimentation in the electricity sector. Mark has also served as a Research Analyst for E9 Energy Insight, an information service focused on the leading areas of new clean energy and consumer technologies transforming the utility industry. His state-level regulatory overviews offered insight for clients ranging from CERES to the U.S. Department of Energy, Mission Data, and others. He has interned with the Center for Environmental Initiatives, Clean Energy Trust, and The Sustainability Exchange, and has conducted research projects focused on environmental ethics, fuel poverty, and the history of international climate change negotiation– concluding with the book Changing Climate Politics: U.S. Policies and Civic Action (Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias, Editor; CQ Press, 2014). He has been an advisor to Engineers for a Sustainable World and Energy Thought Summit.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2014

SELECT PUBLICATIONS (Co-Author or Contributor) 

  • “Regulation, Innovation, and Experimentation: The Case of Residential Rooftop Solar,” 2015, Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations
  • “Implications of Smart Grid Innovation for Organizational Models in Electricity Distribution,” 2015, Wiley Handbook of Smart Grid Development
  • “Can vertical disintegration, deregulation and innovation be a win, win, win for electricity markets?,” 2014, IEA: The Beesley Lectures
  • “Technology as Moral Force: A Philosophical Defense of Ethical Extensionism, Creative Innovation, and Sustainability,” 2014, Northwestern University Department of Philosophy 
  • Changing Climate Politics: US Policies and Civic Action, 2014, CQ Press


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