Rocky Mountain Institute

2 Magazines | 3,172 Articles | 31,812 Followers | @rockymtninst | RMI is transforming global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure future. Find out more at

Obama proposes doubling clean energy R&D spending by 2021

Dive Brief:

President Obama has proposed doubling federal investment in clean energy research and development, boosting funding from $6.4 billion this …

Is Australian Coal Finally Having Its “Oh Sh*t” Moment?

Published on February 9th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor


February 9th, 2016 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on RenewEconomy
by Sophie Vorrath

Last …

Invenergy to Provide Clean Power to 3M Company

CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Invenergy today announced that it has signed a 120 MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) with 3M to provide …

How and when to install a rooftop solar system

California regulators have set new rules for compensating rooftop solar owners, so now what?

Do you buy a solar system now or later? Is a lease better than purchasing? How about a loan?

As the pace of purchasing solar power systems picks up, it can get cloudy for consumers who are trying to figure …


Transportation Planning Needed For Building Cities Of The Future

Published on February 8th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor


February 8th, 2016 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on Ecolocalizer.
By Paul Mackie and …


SolarCity Study Calls For Revamped Electric Grid

A revamped electric grid could yield huge cost savings, states a SolarCity study. Reacting to the California-based study, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive …


The State of Green Business: The circular economy revs up

The following is an excerpt from the GreenBiz State of Green Business 2016 report.

The idea of a closed-loop world, where materials and resources are …


The Consumerization of Energy Is Just Beginning

In May 2015, Elon Musk revealed the Tesla Powerwall -- a stationary battery for homeowners that features essentially the same battery technology as …

The wow factor: The next phase for corporate climate targets

Shine white light into a prism and you reveal a bright, beautiful spectrum; all the colors of light that are visible to us. Shine a white light into …


5 Low-Income Community Solar Projects Announced In Colorado

Published on February 5th, 2016 | by Jake Richardson


February 5th, 2016 by Jake Richardson

About 579 kW of low-income solar projects have been announced …


8 Tips to Help Close that Renewable Energy Deal


The benefits of clean energy are clear, but procuring renewables can often be a muddy process given up-front investments, long contracts, …


Lockheed Martin Signs Its First Major Renewables Deal for 30 MW of Solar

Earlier this week, aerospace, defense, and advanced technology company Lockheed Martin announced that it had concluded a deal to buy 30 MW of solar …


Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for …


Wind Energy Setting Records, Growing Still: The Wind Energy Outlook for 2016

In 2014, annual global installed wind energy capacity reached an unprecedented 51.4 GW. Although final numbers for 2015 aren’t in yet, several …


Does Nevada’s Controversial Net Metering Decision Set a Precedent for the Nation?

State utility commissions don't often get mainstream attention. Ratemaking is a complex, math-heavy task that most people are happy leave to …


DOE Announces $18 Million For Solar Energy Storage & Grid Resiliency

Published on February 4th, 2016 | by Jake Richardson


February 4th, 2016 by Jake Richardson

The US Department of Energy recently announced that it will …

Renewable Energy

Demand For Renewable Electricity In Europe Reaches Record Levels

Published on February 4th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor


February 4th, 2016 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on Energy Post.

The demand for


What the Supreme Court decision on FERC Order 745 means for demand response and DERs

Just how big was the Supreme Court's decision on Order 745? Depends on who you ask.

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon …

Demand Response

From Durban to Boulder, a quest for climate resilience at city scale

Chief resilience officers from two continents weigh in on how they each are bracing for the local impacts of climate change.


3 sustainable actions your business can take now

Successful sustainability initiatives often depend on strong laws, oversight and guidelines. Leaders in the business world can help make good …

Chemical Industry

New York Just Proposed Its Plan to Reach 50% Renewables

In December, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state's regulators to come up with a plan to reach 50 percent renewables by 2030. Early last …


World’s Largest Office Furniture Manufacturer Steelcase Signs Deal for 25 MW of Wind Energy

The world’s largest manufacturer of office furniture will soon offset 70 percent of its total U.S. electricity usage with wind power from a long-term …

Wind Power

How big a deal was Congress extending the renewable energy tax credits? A very, very big deal.

Back in December, Congress did something it rarely does any more these days — struck a series of compromises and passed a bill, specifically a giant …


Joel Makower

Join us for a trip back to the future on the weekly GreenBiz 350 podcast covering all things green business.

From the Pope's climate encyclical to big …


Oregon utilities back bill for 50% renewables, coal phase-out

Dive Brief:

Oregon's two biggest investor-owned utilities are supporting legislation that would compel them to meet a 50% renewable portfolio standard …


US Supreme Court Upholds FERC Order 745 In Favor Of Demand Response

Published on February 1st, 2016 | by Rocky Mountain Institute


February 1st, 2016 by Rocky Mountain Institute

Originally published on RMI Outlet.
By Mark …

Lockheed Martin and Duke Energy Sign 17-Year Renewable Energy Pact

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has entered into a 17-year power purchase agreement for solar-generated electricity produced by Duke Energy Renewables. The renewable power purchase, which is expected to produce 30 megawatts (approximately 72,000 megawatt …


Building on Chicago’s Reputation as a Green Building Leader

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released its 2015 Top Ten States for LEED list, naming the U.S. states that lead the nation in …

Green Buildings

As Oil Prices Gyrate, Underlying Trends Are Shifting To Oil's Disadvantage

Rocky Mountain Institute's Amory Lovins comments on the instability of oil prices and explains why efficiency and renewables are cheaper, cleaner, …


Southern California Utilities to Deploy 5,000 EV Chargers in First-of-Their-Kind Pilots

Two of California’s biggest utilities have finally gotten the green light to move forward on plans to deploy electric-vehicle chargers as utility …