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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 …

Renewable 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> …

Renewable Energy

Rocky Mountain Institute Issues Request for Proposals to Bring Solar Power to Eastern Colorado

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 …

Innovation

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 …

Renewable 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 …

Etymology

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 …

Biofuel

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 …

Banking

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 …

Biofuel

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 …

Sustainability

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

Real estate professionals play a pivotal role in the U.S. residential real estate market. Overseeing from start to finish the multiple steps and …

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 …

Sea Level

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

RMI Experts Answer Your Questions

While there is a lot of value in educating consumers about low-carbon choices, RMI mainly engages with businesses, governments, and other …

Renewable Energy

Report Release: Financing Community-Scale Solar

Effective financing approaches have been fundamental to the solar industry’s exponential growth over the past 15 years. The first solar power …

Renewable Energy

Teaching Buildings to Swim in a Sea of Data

We have long used data to improve our buildings’ performance, and to inform building planning and operations. Building automation systems have …

Energy Efficiency

A Leap Ahead for Energy Efficient Homes Down Under

Last month REA Group—the global online real estate advertising company and owner of realestate.com.au—launched Energy Scores on its popular real …

Real Estate

Drive Electric Hawaii celebrates the state’s 5,000th EV

As the Aloha State registers its 5,000th EV, a new group has been formed to accelerate the adoption of EVs and coordinate integration with renewable …

Renewable Energy

“CARMA” — An EV Adoption Framework For US Auto Buyers

<b>Published on</b> January 4th, 2017 | <i>by Loren McDonald</i><p>0<p>January 4th, 2017 by <b>Loren McDonald</b><p>Remember a few short years ago when the hot debate was whether …

Electric Vehicles

A New Era Gets Fueled Up

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), Alaska Airlines is forging ahead with plans to implement a biofuel supply for its commercial …

Biomass

2016 was the year that…

What a long, strange trip it’s been.<p>And while we’re paying homage to the Grateful Dead, the year just ending felt like a drawn-out jam session, the …

Renewable Energy

How Rocky Mountain Institute is catalysing efficient buildings

Pathways to 1.5°C: Market-driven, transformative solutions to combat climate change

<b>Co-written with James Newcomb, MD and Aman Chitkara, Snr Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute</b><p>What if the real momentum in actions to address climate change in the years ahead comes from voluntary decisions by customers, communities, corporations, and other institutions to choose clean and affordable …

Renewable Energy

Resilience through Clean Energy for a Mission-Ready Air Force

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

Renewable Energy

China to plow $361 billion into renewable fuel by 2020

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will plow 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country's energy agency said on Thursday, as the world's largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels.<p>The investment will create over 13 …

Renewable Energy

Scientists say the global ocean circulation may be more vulnerable to shutdown than we thought

Intense future climate change could have a far different impact on the world than current models predict, suggests a thought-provoking new study just out in the journal Science Advances. If atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were to double in the future, it finds, a major ocean current — one …

Climate Change