Senior Policy Associate

T. Robert Fetter

  • T. Robert Fetter
    T. Robert Fetter
    Senior Policy Associate

Senior Policy Associate

Contact: 949-233-3042, rob.fetter@duke.edu

Fetter works with researchers from multiple units at Duke University focused on policy, business, economics, law, science, and engineering.

T. Robert Fetter is a senior policy associate at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions working with the Duke University Energy Access Project. He works with researchers from multiple units at Duke University focused on policy, business, economics, law, science, and engineering. He also works with global practitioners and policy makers, to advance opportunities to increase energy access and the use of low-carbon and sustainable energy sources.
Fetter joined the Nicholas Institute after completing his Ph.D. in environmental policy at Duke, where he wrote about global energy transitions as well as about regulation and firm learning in the emerging technology of hydraulic fracturing. Prior to his doctoral studies, he helped create a social enterprise company that created an independent, stakeholder-based certification standard for responsibly produced oil and gas, and he co-led the strategic engagement of NGOs, indigenous communities, and other stakeholders. He previously worked in environmental policy consulting for more than a decade, leading interdisciplinary analyses, writing more than 80 technical reports, and serving as an expert witness on renewable energy markets.

My Work

Mapping Solar Arrays With Aerial Imagery

Mapping Solar Arrays With Aerial Imagery

Policymakers need accurate data in order to make strategic investments decisions for grids, microgrids, and off-grid solar home systems, but those data are often missing.Two critical inputs for planning—who has access to electricity, and the location...

Come join the Electric Circus!

Come join the Electric Circus!

In 1935, only 10% of farms in the U.S. were electrified. This was seen as a huge problem – the productivity and quality of life that electricity could bring was bypassing the American farmer. In order to bring light to the countryside, the Rural Electrification...

Energy Voice: Power in the time of a pandemic

Energy Voice: Power in the time of a pandemic

In developing countries, unreliable energy access presents additional challenges in responses to COVID-19. EAP’s Rob Fetter told Energy Voice that off-grid solutions could be implemented relatively quickly to help address the issue.

You can’t fight pandemics without power

You can’t fight pandemics without power

The piece addresses the importance of reliable electricity access for monitoring and treatment of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, in sub-Saharan Africa.

EAP receives Catalyst Grant!

EAP receives Catalyst Grant!

Congratulations to the seven winners of the Nicholas Institute Catalyst Grants! We are delighted that this year’s winners includes EAP’s own Rob Fetter, who will be leading ‘Mapping Solar Photovoltaic Arrays Using Unpiloted Aerial Vehicles.’

Story+ Call for Applications

Story+ Call for Applications

Consider applying to join the Energy Access Project’s Story+ project, Joining the electric circus: rural electrification and gender in the papers of Louisan Mamer!

Data+ Call for Applications

Data+ Call for Applications

Consider applying to join the Energy Access Project’s Data+ project, Taking electrification on the road: Exploring the impact of the Electric Farm Equipment roadshow!

Funding