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The Energy Department Is Making Up Reasons Why You Need To Pay More For Dirty Energy

A new proposal from the Trump administration would require regional electric grids to keep coal plants running–even if they’re too expensive–because they’re needed to keep the power on during natural disasters. The only problem is that’s not the case.<p>In the wake of disasters like Hurricane Harvey …

Energy

Utilities Should Charge Into Electric Vehicles - Bloomberg Gadfly

While Big Oil frets about the potential for peak demand, Big Utility must be tempted to roll its eyes and say: Been there, done that.<p>It should also …

Electric Vehicles

Rick Perry's plan to subsidize coal and nuclear plants does nothing to fix the U.S. power grid

Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed a rule last week that would require electricity customers to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants that can demonstrate “fuel security,” which the rule defines as 90 days’ worth of stockpiled fuel that could be used to generate electricity in the event of a …

Energy

Choosing to Ditch the Car Commute: What Helps Office Workers Decide - Rocky Mountain Institute

October 9, 2017 | By<p>Which is more valuable, a parking spot at work or help switching to a clean and healthy commute? That is the decision Rocky …

Transportation

Press Release: Run on Less proves available techs could unlock $24 billion for N.A. trucking - Rocky Mountain Institute

About Carbon War Room<p>Carbon War Room (CWR) was founded in 2009 as a global nonprofit by Sir Richard Branson and a group of like-minded entrepreneurs. …

Royal Dutch Shell

Amplified Impact

Sir Richard Branson on RMI’s evolution and clean energy<p><i>Interviewed by</i> <i>Cindie Baker</i><i>, editorial director at Rocky Mountain Institute</i><p>One of the world’s …

Innovation

RMI In Brief

News From Around the Institute<p>RECOGNITION FOR AN OUTSTANDING RMI ENGINEER<p>Congratulations to RMI’s own Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D., who was awarded …

Energy

Taking Stock

35 Years of Influence… and Counting<p>By Amory B. Lovins, cofounder, chief scientist, and chairman emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute.<p>This year, as …

Energy

The Past Is Prologue

35 years of impact have set the stage for accelerating the energy revolution<p><i>By</i> <i>Jules Kortenhorst</i><i>, chief executive officer at Rocky Mountain …

Innovation

Beyond Energy Efficiency—Using the Power of Data to Find the Cleanest Hours of the Day - Rocky Mountain Institute

June 29, 2017 | By<p><i>This blog, which details Microsoft’s exciting partnership with RMI’s new subsidiary, WattTime, originally appeared on Microsoft</i> …

Energy

The Grid Needs a Symphony, Not a Shouting Match - Rocky Mountain Institute

We Cannot Afford to Stifle Innovation by Enforcing Outdated Notions of “Baseload” Power<p>June 12, 2017 | By<p><i>For more detail on the topics covered in</i> …

Energy

35 Years of Bold Steps in the Clean Energy Race: Part 3 - Rocky Mountain Institute

An Interview with Amory Lovins and Jules Kortenhorst<p>June 6, 2017 | By<p>As RMI celebrates our 35th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, we are in a …

Energy

A New Era of U.S. Climate Action - Rocky Mountain Institute

June 6, 2017 | By<p>A new era of U.S. climate action has dawned. In the four short days since President Trump announced his intent to withdraw from the …

Climate

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RMI Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement<p>June 1, 2017 | By<p>Friends,<p>We are greatly disappointed in President Trump’s decision to pull …

Climate

35 Years of Bold Steps in the Clean Energy Race: Part 2 - Rocky Mountain Institute

An Interview with Amory Lovins and Jules Kortenhorst<p>May 31, 2017 | By<p>As RMI celebrates our 35th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, we are in a …

Energy

Power Protector: How Blockchains Can Bolster the Grid’s Cyber-Defense - Rocky Mountain Institute

May 17, 2017 | By<p>The past week’s ransomware saga is a potent reminder of just how vulnerable our information and data is to cyber-threats. But it’s …

Thinking Outside the Bulb: Innovative Companies Switch on Lumens as a Service - Rocky Mountain Institute

May 23, 2017 | By<p>The transition to low-cost, highly efficient clean energy technology is being accelerated by an accompanying revolution in …

35 Years of Bold Steps in the Clean Energy Race: Part 1 - Rocky Mountain Institute

An Interview with Amory Lovins and Jules Kortenhorst<p>May 25, 2017 | By<p>As RMI celebrates our 35th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, we are in a …

Does Wasting Home Heating Make You See (Infra)red? - Rocky Mountain Institute

May 23, 2017 | By<p>Have you ever wanted x-ray vision, or to see the hidden features of your home? The City of Vancouver has launched a new effort to …

Vancouver

Insight Brief Release: How to Scale Home Energy Financing Products - Rocky Mountain Institute

Making Sense and Cents of Available Options<p>May 2, 2017 | By<p>For homeowners making a decision about how to finance a home purchase, options are …

Rocky Mountain Institute

Transforming Business Leaders Into Clean Energy Experts<p>The Business Renewables Center Buyer’s Bootcamp<p>May 3, 2017 | By<p><i>Guest author Richard Profit is</i> …

Renewable Energy

How Safe Are Self-Driving Cars? - Rocky Mountain Institute

Waymo Proves They’re Pretty Darn Safe<p>May 1, 2017 | By<p>On Tuesday, Waymo (formerly called Google’s Self Driving Car program) announced a bold new step …

Lumens as a Service: The Multibillion-Dollar Market Opportunity Explained - Rocky Mountain Institute

May 4, 2017 | By<p>In recent years, building owners and property managers have been inundated with information about how they should invest in advanced …

ISPs

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