Katie Siegner is an associate with RMI’s Electricity practice, where she focuses on expanding market opportunities for distribution-scale renewables.
Katie Siegner is an associate with RMI’s Electricity practice, where she focuses on expanding market opportunities for distribution-scale renewables. She also supports eLab’s work to engage thought leaders and change-makers in events that foster innovation, collaboration and transformative ideas to decarbonize the electricity system.
Katie is passionate about accelerating the clean energy transition in a way that benefits local communities. Prior to RMI, she completed a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. While at Yale, she studied clean energy policy, deployment, and finance, and interned for Ranger Power, a utility-scale solar developer. Her research interests included pollinator-friendly solar, offshore wind, and cutting-edge clean energy solutions.
Katie’s background is in communications and climate change education. Before returning to school for her Masters, she worked in Minneapolis at Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. For the two years prior, Katie traveled around the U.S. working on environmental organizing campaigns.
Solar panels may harness the sun’s energy in the same way that plants do, but while some rural residents view them as another revenue-enhancing crop, others see them more as weed-like nuisances that threaten their pastoral way of life.