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 by Robbie Orvis

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A Moment Of Truth Arrives For Rick Perry’s Widely Hated Coal Bailout

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An American Energy Plan Straight From Coal Country

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The Trump Administration’s Coal Bailout

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One Trump Buzzword to Seal Fate of $700 Billion Power Trade

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Costs Of White House Bailout Of Coal And Nukes: 27,000 Early Deaths, $263 Billion

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Executive of the Year: Chris Crane, CEO Of Exelon

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How Trump’s Plan To Help Coal Will Raise People’s Power Bills

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Trump’s Coal Man Is Racing Against The Clock To Bail Out Plants

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Jeffrey Rissman of Energy Innovation: Four Policies Can Cut U.S. Transport Emissions 45%

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Proposed Bailout of Coal and Nuclear Is Trump Admin’s Attempt to Save Dying Industries

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Proposed Coal And Nuclear Bailout Roundly Condemned In FERC Comments

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Who Needs A NOPR? Seven Ways To Make Wholesale Power Markets More Reliable

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Coal, Nuclear Subsidies Could Cost Billions; Utilities Say Midwest Customers Could Pay Twice

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Trump Coal Backer Wins Big Under Perry's Power Plan

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Coal Rule Might Help Client Of Ex‑Lobbyist Who Crafted It

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Rick Perry: DOE’s Coal, Nuclear Proposal Is ‘Rebalancing The Market’

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Trump Administration Uses National Security As Excuse For Handout To Coal Industry

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Experts Debate The Energy Department’s Coal And Nuclear Market Intervention

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Report: DOE Plan To Help Coal And Nuclear Would Cost $10.6 Billion A Year

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Proposes New Regulation to Prop Up Coal, Nuclear Plants

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Cost Estimates On DOE NOPR: $300 Million To $32 Billion

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DOE's NOPR Subsidies Would Cost Up to $10.6B/Year, Study Finds

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Energy Dominance Meets Market Realities

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Subsidy Plan For Coal And Nuclear Plants 'Will Cost US Taxpayers $10.6B A Year'

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Trump's Coal Subsidy Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

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What's A DOE NOPR To Do?

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Trump Wants Subsidies For Coal Companies, Not Health Insurers

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The Department Of Energy's Grid Resilience Pricing Proposal: A Cost Analysis

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DOE's Coal Bailout Plan Could Cost American Business Billions

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Merchant Coal Operators Reject Perry's Grid Proposal

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DOE's Cost Recovery NOPR Could Raise Consumer Costs By $10B Annually, New Analysis Finds

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DOE’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout Proposal Should Be Rejected

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Looking Beyond DOE’s NOPR, A Case For Grid Flexibility Alongside Reliability

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US Energy Department Limits Scope Of Coal, Nuclear Bailout

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A Roadmap For Finding Flexibility In Wholesale Markets

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FERC Won’t Slow Fast-Track Review Of DOE’s Proposal To Help Coal, Nuclear

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Rick Perry’s Plan To Subsidize Coal And Nuclear Plants Is Bonkers

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DOE Rulemaking Threatens To Destroy Wholesale Markets With No Tangible Benefit

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How DOE's Baseload Power Rule 'Would Blow The Market Up'

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Wholesale Market Crisis

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Forget What You Know About Energy

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Could Success Spoil ISO-NE?

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Economy-Wide Gains, 9.5 Billion Tons HFC Emissions At Risk From U.S. Court of Appeals Ruling

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Trump Launches New Salvo To Speed Project Permitting

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Chilling Question: What's Next On HFCs

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Court Ruling Threatens More Heat-Trapping Hydrofluorocarbons

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Trump EPA Loses Court Battle To Cut Air Con Pollutants

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U.S. DOE Future Markets Workshop: Valuing Flexibility In Power Markets

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The State Of Wholesale Power Markets; Principles For Managing An Evolving Power Mix

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Center of the storm: PJM CEO Andy Ott on power market reforms for turbulent times

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The state of wholesale power markets: What's wrong with proposed changes in Eastern RTOs?

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The state of US wholesale power markets: Is reliability at risk from low prices?

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America's Renewable Electricity Forecast Grows To 2050, Even Under Trump

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Carbon Capture And Storage: An Expensive Option For Reducing U.S. CO2 Emissions

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Trump's Fuel Standards Rollback Will Cost Americans $370 Billion, Add Nearly Three Billion Tons CO2

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Climate and Energy Policy Solutions for China: Executive Summary

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Debunking Four Myths About The Clean Energy Transition

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

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

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

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

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Metrics for Energy Efficiency: Options and Adjustment Mechanisms

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Avoiding Counterfactuals in Performance Incentive Mechanisms: California as a Case Study

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Grid Flexibility: Methods for Modernizing the Power Grid

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

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Energy Policy Solutions: How to Take Control of America's Energy Future

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Energy Policy Solutions: The Clean Power Plan is Within Reach

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The Costs of Delay: Waiting Until 2020 Could Cost Nearly $400 Billion

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Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 2)

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Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 1)

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Accelerating Carbon Reductions from California's Electricity Sector

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

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Estimating Energy Efficiency Under EPA’s Carbon Rule Is Complicated

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What China's Climate Commitment Means for its Electricity Sector