Operations Manager, Islands Energy Program, Rocky Mountain Institute
Owen is Operations Manager with the Islands Energy Program at Rocky Mountain Institute. From April 2009 to January 2016, he served as the Government of Montserrat’s project director. Owen was a member of the small local team working with RMI that delivered the Montserrat National Energy Policy, the Energy Strategy, the Sustainable Energy Plan-Initial Programme of Action, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Sustainable Energy Plan-Initial Programme of Action 2016–2020.
Owen has a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from Castleton State College in the U.S. and has a degree in business management and risk management. Owen became a PRINCE2 practitioner in 2007 while working within the D. A. Stuart Ltd. U.K. Chemical Management Programme, the last eight years of as the programme coordinator.
Drawing from experiences with a Solar-Diesel Hybrid microgrid in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and a Solar-Storage-Geothermal system in Montserrat, Owen with present with her colleague Kaitlyn Bunker, PhD from the Rocky Mountain Institute. The presentation will examine how island utilities can plan for microgrid systems, and will also expand on the best practice in feasibility, developmental, and economic modeling stages of island microgrid projects.