Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl is a senior advisor to RAP and the founder and managing partner at 3rdRail Inc., an energy and transportation consulting firm. He has worked closely with RAP’s China program since 2009 on a number of critical issues in China’s electricity sector, including energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, electric vehicles, long-term resource planning and wholesale generation pricing.
Dr. Kahrl has 15 years of experience in the energy sector, working with regulators, utilities, developers and researchers in North America, Asia and Europe. He has broad expertise, covering wholesale energy market design and regulation, electricity resource planning and procurement, transmission tariff design, retail tariff design, distributed energy resources, energy system modeling, cap-and-trade systems and air quality regulation.
Prior to founding 3rdRail, Dr. Kahrl worked as a director at Energy and Environmental Economics; as research associate for Berkeley Economic Advising and Research; as a consultant for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Agroforestry Center and the World Bank; and as staff for the World Resources Institute. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of William & Mary.