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China’s Move Away from Voluntary Green Certificates: Implications for Corporate Renewable Procurement - Rocky Mountain Institute

May 7, 2018 | By<p>On March 23, 2018, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) released for comment a draft of a groundbreaking national policy, the …

When Cheap Doesn’t Cut It: Why Energy Buyers Should Look at Value, not Just Cost - Rocky Mountain Institute

“New Record Set for World’s Cheapest Solar.” A headline like this makes for great social media fodder. The downward trend in renewables prices is …

Amory Lovins’s Extreme Energy Efficiency: Stanford Students Learn the Future of Design - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 25, 2018 | By<p>“Learning that only 0.5 percent of the fuel consumed by a vehicle is used to move the driver completely shifted the way I view …

9 Hot Topics in Carbon Reduction and the Energy Industry in China in 2017, Part 2 - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 24, 2018 | By<p>The year 2017 was an impressive one for China in its effort to achieve economic growth while reducing carbon emissions. Based on …

9 Hot Topics in Carbon Reduction and the Energy Industry in China in 2017, Part 1 - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 23, 2018 | By<p>The year 2017 was an impressive one for China in its effort to achieve economic growth while reducing carbon emissions. Based on …

Rocket Ships and Corporate Commitments: The Newest Tools in the Fight Against Climate Change - Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocket Ships and Corporate Commitments: The Newest Tools in the Fight Against Climate Change<p>April 18, 2018 | By<p>Elon Musk isn’t the only person to …

Fossil Fuels

An Existing Building Portfolio on a Path to Net-Zero Energy - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 16, 2018 | By<p>Many developers cite first-cost as a barrier to pursuing net-zero energy in their new and existing building projects. But one …

Driving Industrial Revitalization with Net-Zero Energy - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 16, 2018 | By<p>City leaders around the world are looking to rejuvenate their urban cores, boost quality of life for all residents, and improve …

Customer-Centric Energy Transformation - Rocky Mountain Institute

How one Vermont utility is leading the charge<p>April 16, 2018 | By<p>The U.S. electricity industry needs new business models to complete the …

How Corporations Can Maximize the Environmental Benefits of Their Renewable Energy Purchasing - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 12, 2018 | By<p>In late January 2018, two announcements offered strong confirmation of corporations’ global renewable energy leadership. On …

Four Insights from the Most Successful NZE Home Builders - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 11, 2018 | By<p>The number of net-zero energy (NZE) homes in the US is growing at an exciting rate (it has grown by 33 percent from 2015 to 2016), …

Oil and Gas Companies Pledge Major GHG Emissions Reductions—Will They Follow Through? - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 4, 2018 | By<p>High levels of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are responsible for one of the most urgent climate problems we face …

Can Massachusetts Correct a Market Failure by Making Home Energy Use More Transparent? - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 4, 2018 | By<p>Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) is leading a new effort that could benefit Massachusetts’ homeowners and the US real …

Ride-Hailing Drivers Are Ideal Candidates for Electric Vehicles - Rocky Mountain Institute

Ride-Hailing Drivers Are Ideal Candidates for Electric Vehicles<p>March 29, 2018 | By<p>The rapid growth of transportation network companies (TNCs) such as …

Electric Vehicles

A City in the Rockies Paves the Way for Net-Zero Energy Leases - Rocky Mountain Institute

A City in the Rockies Paves the Way for Net-Zero Energy Leases<p>March 28, 2018 | By<p>Boulder, Colorado, is a national leader in sustainability—especially …

Boulder

Why Local Is Better than Global in the World of Low-Carbon Finance - Rocky Mountain Institute

Why Local Is Better than Global in the World of Low-Carbon Finance<p>March 27, 2018 | By<p>Building climate-friendly technologies comes with a price tag; …

lowcarbon

Putting Home Energy Upgrades on the Air - Rocky Mountain Institute

Putting Home Energy Upgrades on the Air<p>March 20, 2018 | By<p>Rocky Mountain Institute has teamed up with the National Environmental Education Foundation …

Green Living

Not All Renewables Are Created Equal: Quantifying the Emissions Benefits of Institutional Renewable Energy Purchasing Options - Rocky Mountain Institute

March 12, 2018 | By<p>In recent years, institutional climate action targets, renewable energy subsidies, and the rapidly falling costs of wind and solar …

Natural Gas

Portfolio-Wide Energy Optimization Can Deliver Outsized Returns - Rocky Mountain Institute

Leveraging actionable and economically focused analysis to support portfolio-wide energy investment strategies<p>March 19, 2018 | By<p>For owners of …

Green Living

Taiwan Makes It Easier for Global Companies to Procure Local Renewable Energy - Rocky Mountain Institute

March 21, 2018 | By<p>Manufacturing powerhouse Taiwan has created a renewable energy credit (Taiwan-REC or T-REC) scheme that allows companies, …

Renewable Energy

Net-Zero Future at Cost Parity with Coal—In the Heart of Coal Country - Rocky Mountain Institute

Platte River Power Authority (PRPA), the generating authority that serves Fort Collins—a community Rocky Mountain Institute has been working with for …

The Policy Consensus for Faster, Cleaner Economic Growth - Rocky Mountain Institute

March 7, 2018 | By<p><i>Originally posted at weforum.org here.</i><p>Coordinated public-sector support once kick-started the technologies, business practices, and …

Perfect Timing for Renewables - Rocky Mountain Institute

Why the time is right for Alberta to lead in nonutility procurement of renewable energy<p>As climate action and the commitment to hit our targets gains …

5 Key Trends Behind Zero Energy Buildings - Rocky Mountain Institute

As Revealed by NBI’s Getting to Zero Status Update<p>March 2, 2018 | By<p><i>Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) are cohosting</i> …

Distribution-Scale Solar Goes Big in Texas - Rocky Mountain Institute

February 22, 2018 | By<p>Texas has long been known as the capital of oil and gas. And over the past decade it added so much wind power that if Texas …

Davos: The Need for Renewables in Our Shared Future - Rocky Mountain Institute

February 20, 2018 | By<p><i>This blog was originally posted on Virgin.com.</i><p>You might believe, as many people do, that the World Economic Forum in Davos is …

Pushing the Limit: How Demand Flexibility Can Grow the Market for Renewable Energy - Rocky Mountain Institute

February 14, 2018 | By<p><i>Download</i> Demand Flexibility: The Key to Enabling a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Grid<i>. This is the first of a series of three RMI</i> …

Unmoored from Facts, Will EIA Projections Become Reality? - Rocky Mountain Institute

February 13, 2018 | By<p>The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) should give anyone watching …

The Piece of Paper that Could Make or Break Commercial Net-Zero Energy - Rocky Mountain Institute

February 8, 2018 | By<p>I recently joined the very small minority of people who find leasing language interesting. Leases tend to be dry and confusing …