Laxmi J. Rao

Laxmi has been a Director at the International District Energy Association since 2005, where she serves in a technical role to support District Energy and CHP initiatives, projects, education, development of tools and outreach efforts.

She has served as a key resource and project lead for several innovative energy and water infrastructure education and outreach efforts to campuses, cities, communities and municipalities. She has presented to cities and towns, sustainability focused organizations and supported IEA, UN and World Bank efforts on climate adaptation efforts targeting cities and district energy. She supports the development of IDEA’s grant applications and serves as Project Manager for IDEA’s grant awards.

Laxmi brings over 30 years of experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, serving in Senior Technical and Project Management roles aimed at technology adoption and deployment, and community initiatives focused in the energy sector and spanning the areas of Combined Heat and Power (CHP), District Energy, utilities distribution controls & metering, energy and water conservation, renewable energy applications and sustainability projects including water conservation and Green IT projects.

Laxmi has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A.