Robbie Orvis

Policy Design Projects Manager

Robbie Orvis is the Policy Design Projects Manager at Energy Innovation, where he works on the firm’s Energy Policy Solutions and Power Sector Transformation programs. For Energy Policy Solutions, he conducts analysis on which policies can most effectively help meet climate and energy goals. As part of this program, Robbie co-leads a project for the Chinese government to provide policy guidance for its 13th Five Year Plan and climate strategy.

Robbie is also a contributor to America’s Power Plan, a project of the Power Sector Transformation program that curates expert thinking on policy solutions for a clean, reliable, and affordable U.S. power system. For this project, he focuses on wholesale electricity markets and energy efficiency policy. His research on wholesale markets focuses on market designs and practices that help enable a high renewable energy future. Robbie’s work on energy efficiency policy focuses on how to design programs that can unlock greater energy efficiency investments using performance-based regulation.

Prior to joining Energy Innovation in 2014, Robbie received his Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. While at Yale, Robbie worked on a variety of energy issues, from evaluating utility rate decoupling to designing city-wide energy efficiency policy. He also spent a summer consulting for the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee on energy efficiency programs.

From 2010 to 2012, Robbie was a Research Analyst at the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington, D.C. where he researched regulatory, monitoring, and enforcement issues at power plants and refineries across the U.S to help hold large polluters accountable for their emissions.

Robbie graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Society and Environment. Between his junior and senior years, Robbie interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council in D.C., working to help pass the cap-and-trade climate bill in the House of Representatives.

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Works

Publication

A Roadmap For Finding Flexibility In Wholesale Markets

Robbie Orvis, Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovation
October 2017
Article

Wholesale Market Crisis

PV Magazine
Article

Forget What You Know About Energy

Chats for Change
Article

Could Success Spoil ISO-NE?

POWER Magazine
Article

Trump Launches New Salvo To Speed Project Permitting

Politico Morning Energy
Publication

Court Ruling Threatens More Heat-Trapping Hydrofluorocarbons

Robbie Orvis, Energy Innovation
August 2017
Publication

Climate and Energy Policy Solutions for China: Executive Summary

National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Energy Resources Institute, Energy Innovation
July 2016
Publication

Debunking Four Myths About The Clean Energy Transition

Robbie Orvis, Mike O'Boyle, Hallie Kennan, Energy Innovation
June 2016
Article

Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 4: Carbon Emissions

, CleanTechnica
Article

Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 3: Renewable Costs

, CleanTechnica
Article

Debunking 4 Myths About the Clean Energy Transition, Part 2: Excess Generation

, CleanTechnica
Article

Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 1: The “Duck Curve”

, CleanTechnica
Publication

Metrics for Energy Efficiency: Options and Adjustment Mechanisms

Robbie Orvis, Sonia Aggarwal, Mike O'Boyle, America's Power Plan
April 2016
Publication

Grid Flexibility: Methods for Modernizing the Power Grid

Sonia Aggarwal, Robbie Orvis, Energy Innovation LLC
March 2016
Article

How much do combined cycle natural gas plants really need to be paid?

, Public Utilities Fortnightly
Article

Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 2)

, Public Utilities Fortnightly
Article

Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 1)

, Public Utilities Fortnightly
Publication

Accelerating Carbon Reductions from California's Electricity Sector

Robbie Orvis, Mike O'Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation
March 2015
Article

Renewables Curtailment: What we can Learn from Grid Operations in California and the Midwest

, Greentech Media
Article

Estimating Energy Efficiency Under EPA’s Carbon Rule Is Complicated

, Greentech Media
Article

What China's Climate Commitment Means for its Electricity Sector

, Greentech Media