Rocky Mountain Institute
Garrett is a Senior Associate in the Electricity and Transportation practices at Rocky Mountain Institute. Garrett’s work in the electricity program focuses on accelerating adoption and deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as rooftop solar, energy storage, and demand side management. Garrett works with a wide range of industry stakeholders across the industry to drive down system costs and expand the value proposition of distributed energy storage through innovative business models and enabling regulatory changes. Garrett also works within RMI’s mobility program focusing on vehicle electrification of Taxi’s and Transportation Network Companies (Uber/ Lyft type business models). Currently Garrett is working in both Austin and Denver to develop new electric vehicle rental models that open up new EV opportunities for Taxi and TNC drivers. Garrett studied Mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University with a focus on sustainable energy engineering. At SCU he participated in the DOE sponsored solar decathlon, designing and building a stand alone solar home. Garrett completed his M.S. and Ph.D in Earth Resource Engineering at Columbia University, studying a novel method of producing natural gas while sequestering carbon dioxide in the arctic permafrost regions. During his doctoral work he co-founded Solar Journey USA, an education and outreach project focused on demonstrating the potential of PV and EV integration. The portable PV power station was then used for relief efforts during the months following hurricane Sandy in NYC and finally the system was disributed to NYC schools as educational kits in collaboration with the WWF.