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Community-Scale Solar Is on the Fast Track to Grid Parity - Rocky Mountain Institute

January 16, 2018 | By<p>Will 2018 be the year when solar power reaches so-called grid parity, providing a cost of energy over its operating life that is …

Renewable Energy

Beyond Bitcoin: As Blockchain Adoption Accelerates, a Need to Manage Energy and Climate Emerges - Rocky Mountain Institute

January 16, 2018 | By<p>Digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin has experienced a dramatic rise in popularity and value in 2017, gaining an astounding 1,700% …

Bitcoin

Making Customer Battery Storage Work for a Cleaner, Less Expensive Grid - Rocky Mountain Institute

How Poor Commercial Rate Design Can Make The Grid Less Flexible<p>January 4, 2018 | By<p>Battery energy storage is often hailed as a “holy grail” to unlock …

Energy

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RMI Buys Renewable Energy Certificates in China’s Pilot Market<p>January 8, 2018 | By<p>In July 2017, China opened its green energy certificate …

Renewable Energy

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RMI Experts Answer Your Questions, Volume 2<p>We Field Questions from the RMI Community on Everything from Carpooling to Hurricanes<p>January 10, 2018 | …

Energy

Site Renewables in 2018: Key Lessons Learned from the First 1 GW Installed - Rocky Mountain Institute

January 11, 2018 | By<p>As of 2016, approximately 1 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity has been installed on mine sites globally, and current …

Renewable Energy

Top Ten Clean Energy Developments of 2017 - Rocky Mountain Institute

January 3, 2018 | By<p>Sure 2017 had its mishaps (and we’re not just talking about the La La Land/Moonlight fiasco). But it also had some great moments. …

Renewable Energy

Expanding the Western Electricity Grid - Rocky Mountain Institute

January 2, 2018 | By<p><i>This blog post is part of a series from RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which streamlines and accelerates corporate</i> …

Renewable Energy

MPG for Homes—The Quest for the Best - Rocky Mountain Institute

October 3, 2017 | By<p>An mpg-like rating for homes is here. For the first time in history, people can find out the expected energy use of any home in …

Real Estate

Scaling Net-Zero Energy Homes at No Additional Up-front Cost - Rocky Mountain Institute

October 5, 2017 | By<p><b>Download our new insight brief, R-PACE: A Game-Changer for NZE Homes</b><b>, to learn more about the opportunities for state and</b> …

Real Estate

A Tidal Wave of Local Clean Energy in California - Rocky Mountain Institute

October 17, 2017 | By<p><i>Menlo Spark is an independent nonprofit working to help Menlo Park, California, become climate neutral by 2025. It is working</i> …

Energy

The Corporate Renewables Market Is Ready for Smaller Buyers - Rocky Mountain Institute

Akamai’s Texas wind power purchase shows it can be done<p>October 17, 2017 | By<p><i>This blog post is part of a series from RMI’s Business Renewables Center</i> …

Renewable Energy

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 …

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 …

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 …

Urban Design

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. …

Nonprofits

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 …

Richard Branson

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Solar Power