Nikki Springer

Director of Research, Strategy, and Programs for the Renewable Thermal Alliance at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Yale School of Management, MBA, 2018 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, PhD in Environmental Management, 2018

Nikki is the Director of Research, Strategy, and Programs for the Renewable Thermal Alliance.  In this capacity, she is developing new policy mechanisms to accelerate the adoption of renewable thermal technologies for heating and cooling in residential, corporate, municipal, and industrial sectors.  She is also a Research Fellow at CBEY and assists in a number of renewable energy-related research projects with faculty and students.

Nikki earned both a MBA and a PhD in Environmental Management from Yale in 2018.  Her dissertation research explored the economic, policy, and environmental drivers of utility-scale renewable energy development on public lands in the western United States.  She was a teaching fellow for numerous courses at both SOM and FES and also worked for the Yale Office of Sustainability.  Prior to Yale, Nikki was part of the facility management team at Walmart’s corporate office and helped develop and implement a number of sustainability initiatives throughout the company’s domestic portfolio.  She also has experience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Walt Disney Imagineering, and several planning and design firms in New York and Shanghai.

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from MIT (2004). She has a Master in Landscape Planning (2008) and a Master in Urban Development (2008), both from Harvard University. She was the 2010 Garvan Chair & Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Authored Articles
Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Western Energy Imbalance Market Integrates Solar in Idaho

While solar and wind resources are abundant in the western United States, the region faces technical, operational and management challenges in transitioning to cleaner energy portfolios. Integrating renewable energy into existing electric grids continues to be a difficult hurdle for many electricity markets. When utilities face intermittent renewable energy generation, energy imbalance markets (EIMs) have been developed to mitigate the gaps between production and demand.

Loan-Guarantee Program Fuels Innovative Energy Technology

A secure and responsible energy future relies on innovation. Technological innovation is needed to help increase energy efficiency and advance the energy economy. “De-risking” new energy technologies is a critical step in bringing innovation to market. And this is a step directly addressed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program.
Solar panel on a home

Creative Ways to Finance Solar and Storage Systems

There was a full house when speakers offered strategic advice on energy storage financing at the Solar Power Northeast conference. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) held this conference in Boston on Feb. 5-6. Solar energy storage systems are not yet widely used. And this lack of popularity can make storage systems difficult to finance.
Toronto financial district

Companies Explore Creative Ways to Purchase Renewable Energy

What are the creative new ways that smaller companies are entering the market for renewable energy? To find out, Clean Energy Finance Forum spoke with Jim Boyle, CEO and chairman of Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. Renewable energy certificates (RECs) are becoming an increasingly popular way for companies of a variety of sizes to reduce their carbon footprints. RECs also help companies support the production of renewable energy and meet or exceed their corporate-sustainability goals.
Electric car

Engineering Clean Energy Infrastructure Is a Balancing Act

The MIT Energy Conference, which took place on March 3-4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, explored the financial and social barriers to the major infrastructure projects that are required to support next-generation energy investments. Speakers analyzed the many changes that stakeholders face when they start expanding their use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.