James Newcomb is a program director at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he leads the Institute’s electricity practice. He is a writer, consultant, and scenario thinker with 25 years’ experience in managing cutting-edge research and advisory organizations.
Prior to joining RMI, James served as Group Manager for markets, policy and impacts analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center.
As Managing Director and co-founder of Bio Economic Research Associates (bio-era), he led research on the future of biological systems, energy, and the environment.
From 1992–2000, James was the founding president and CEO of E source, a for-profit subsidiary of RMI that provided information on energy technology and services. He established the natural gas practice at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a leading global oil and gas consultancy.
James has an M.A. in Energy and Resources from the
University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics
from Harvard University.