Rory McIlmoil

Rory McIlmoil

Researcher III-Model Engineering


Rory McIlmoil is a member of the Grid Operations Planning Group within NREL's Grid Planning and Analysis Center. Prior to joining NREL, Rory’s professional experience has focused on energy and economic analysis, energy efficiency financing, low-income rates and energy affordability programs, state and local clean energy planning, utility ratemaking and business models, rate structures (including compensation for distributed generation) and regulatory reform.

Research Interests

Retail rate and affordability impacts of the clean energy transition

Achieving equitable outcomes from clean energy investments, policies, and rates

Community clean energy planning and implementation

Rate design and compensation mechanisms for distributed energy resources

Ratemaking and performance-based regulation


M.S., Global Environmental Politics, American University

B.S., Earth and Environmental Science, Furman University

Professional Experience

Senior Energy Analyst, Appalachian Voices (2013–2023)

Energy Program Manager, Downstream Strategies (2009–2013)