Dan Seif is a senior consultant with RMI's electricity and industrial practices, and is focusing on industrial efficiency and solar PV thrusts.

From 2000 to 2005 Dan was with the semiconductor manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) where Dan led the corporate manufacturing resource (energy, water, and chemicals) optimization and GHG emissions reduction programs. He moved on from AMD to the Harvard Kennedy School, and from there became an investment associate with the renewable energy private equity firm US Renewables Group (USRG). At USRG Dan was involved in the management of operational companies (biomass power plants in CA and NY) and investment evaluations involving emergent technologies, including the USRG investments in bio-based acrylic acid (OPX Biotechnologies, Inc. in Boulder, CO), MSW-to-ethanol (Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. in Pleasanton, CA), and waste heat-to-electricity (Alphabet Energy, Inc. in Haywood, CA).

The recent plummet of the natural gas spot price to a 28-month low has stirred discussion about implications for renewable energy—the majority electrical generating component in RMI’s vision of the 2050 U.S. energy economy. Since mid-2009, it has been increasingly clear that the amount of natural gas supplied via hydraulic fracturing (popularly known as “fracking”) will create…