A Brighter Energy Future

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Better Energy Will Lead to Greater Prosperity: The Energy Transitions Commission Makes Its Case

While the U.S. administration continues to surprise the world by focusing on bringing back coal, elsewhere in the world momentum toward a low-carbon …

Energy

Why Are We Saving Electricity Only Half As Fast As Fuels?

Something very odd is happening in the U.S. energy system, and hardly anyone has noticed.<p>To make a dollar of real GDP in 2016, the U.S. used 65% less oil than in 1975 (despite 26 years’ stagnation in new autos’ efficiency), 65% less directly used natural gas (direct fuel or feedstock, not …

Energy

eLab Accelerator Projects Sustain Hope for Clean Energy Innovation

Anyone reading the news knows that clean energy isn’t getting much support at the federal level these days. As President Trump moves to unravel the …

Letting Customers Lead Us to a 21st-Century Electricity Grid

From Hawaiian homeowners to large customers in the Nevada desert to government fleet managers in cities across the U.S., customers are beginning to …

Energy

We Need to Enhance Property Assessed Clean Energy Instead of Bringing It to a Standstill

The unique characteristics of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) make it an important market enabler for home performance solutions that deliver …

Real Estate

What’s Driving the Cost of Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Systems?

The residential solar-plus-storage market has certainly received a lot of attention in recent months. With the release of new, lower-cost products …

Renewable Energy

Architects Show Leadership in Addressing Climate Change

Architects have a big responsibility for the role the built environment plays in climate change. Globally, buildings consume 35 percent of all energy …

Climate

The Promise of Platform-based Grids

Platform business models have redefined the modern economy. From titans of personal computing and e-commerce like Apple and Amazon, to ubiquitous …

Innovation

Boulder Commons Sets New Standard for Net-Zero Leases

Just two miles from downtown Boulder, Colorado, a new net-zero energy (NZE) development is under construction: Boulder Commons. The project consists …

Energy

Rate-Design Best Practices for Public Electric-Vehicle Chargers

Public direct current fast chargers (DCFC) are anticipated to play an important role in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and in …

Energy

The BRC and Second Nature: Bringing Renewable Energy to Campuses Nationwide

Renewable energy is truly having its moment in the sun. One doesn’t have to look hard to find solar panels on the neighbors’ roofs, majestic wind …

Renewable Energy

Solar minigrids to unlock $740 million energy market in sub-Saharan Africa

With Weaker Fuel Economy Standards, Everyone Loses, Including U.S. Automakers

On Wednesday [March 15, 2017] in Detroit, beneath a vast American flag, President Trump answered 17 automakers’ call to reopen the Mid-Term Review of …

Oil

Reducing Energy Costs in Federal Buildings

U.S. federal buildings make up the largest portfolio of buildings in the world—all while contributing to CO2 reduction goals. There still remains a …

Energy

Bringing Energy Efficiency into the 21st Century

<i>In April 2016, RMI hosted its third annual eLab Accelerator. Described as a boot camp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session</i> …

Energy

Rocky Mountain Institute Issues Request for Proposals to Bring Solar...

Proposed installation of 16.75 MW solar portfolio for six rural Colorado electric cooperatives.(PRWeb March 14, 2017)Read the full story at …

Austin, Texas, Poised to Be Commercial Hub for “New Mobility”

With 13 of the world’s 14 largest automakers publicly committed to delivering autonomous vehicles to the market, we can confidently say that the …

Cities

Your Home or Business Can Cut Power Plant Emissions

Customer demand for energy services is evolving quickly. Both residential and institutional customers increasingly demand products and services that …

Energy

300 Words Have Just Been Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Including Cat Lady, meet-cute, and haterade<p>Unlike the printed version, the website OxfordDictionaries.com provides a record of all the words in our …

Corporate clean energy deals are a bigger priority than ever

<i>The following article is an excerpt from our State of Green Business (SOGB) 2017 report. Published by GreenBiz in partnership with Trucost, it</i> …

Renewable Energy

Why We Still Need To Discuss Grid Defection

The rapidly declining costs of distributed energy resources (DERs), including rooftop solar PV and behind-the-meter batteries, have introduced new …

Energy

Solar Embrace

<b>Reduce financing costs.</b> Aggregating utilities in solar procurement increases total capital deployed. This in turn enables more and different types of …

Renewable Energy

NEWS: Up to $400 billion of shipping debt represents unassessed climate risk exposure at major investment banks

There is no Planet B™<p>Today, Carbon War Room (CWR) and UMAS released research that suggests climate transition pathways pose risks to the banks that …

Eight Areas of Electricity Innovation to Watch in 2017

It’s 2017 and we have a lot to look forward to in the electricity sector this year. While many of us take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments …

Energy

REI Takes Its Stewardship of the Outdoors to the Next Level: A Net-zero Energy Distribution Center

The outdoor gear retailer REI—the nation’s largest consumer co-op—not only makes clothes and gear for the outdoors, it also donates millions of …

Energy

Sold! Why Understanding Home Energy Performance Will Become a Key to Real Estate Success

Applying Hope in Today’s Tumultuous Times

In May of 2011, Rocky Mountain Institute cofounder Amory Lovins started his commencement address at the College of Natural Resources, University of …

Climate

Five Reasons Your Company Should Buy Off-site Renewables in 2017

Corporate interest in renewable energy is skyrocketing as companies realize that off-site projects can offer the flexibility and scale necessary to …

Renewable Energy

The Energy Web Foundation: Bringing Blockchain Technology to the Grid

Blockchain technology—the technology underpinning the bitcoin virtual currency—is being discussed as one of the most potentially disruptive …

Bitcoin